English Folk-Carols/The Moon Shines Bright
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The Moon Shines Bright
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|Cecil Sharp from a native of Tysoe, Warwickshirea traditional English folk carol collected by|
Cecil Sharp's note
This carol and The Sinner's Redemption (No. 8), together with many others were sung every Christmas by the Tysoe carol singers.
With the exception of the 3rd stanza the words given in the text are those which Mrs. Phillips and her sister, Mrs. Handy, sang to me. The 3rd stanza, which Mrs. PhilHps could only partially remember, is from a version noted several years ago at East Harptree, Somerset. In another variant which I collected in Kent this stanza runs as follows:—
In yonder garden green doth grow,
Other versions with tunes are printed in The Folk-Song Society's Journal, Sussex Songs, English County Songs, Shropshire Folk-Lore, Songs of the West, and Carols New and Old (Bramley and Stainer); with words only, in Sandys's Christmas Carols, etc., and on broadsides by Evans, Thompson and others.
- Ibid., pp. 62-63
This work was published before January 1, 1923, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.