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Thread #56663   Message #887167
Posted By: Joe Offer
10-Feb-03 - 07:25 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: The Bonny Moon
Subject: ADD: Roll On, Silver Moon
Well, here's one version.

(J.W. Turner)

1. As I stray'd from my cot at the close of the day,
'Mid the ravishing beauties of June,
'Neath a jessamine shade I espied a fair maid
And she plaintively sighed to the moon....

Roll on, silver moon, guide the trav'ler his way,
While the nightingale's song is in tune;
I never, nevermore with my true love will stray
By thy soft silver beams, gentle moon.

2. As the hart on the mountain my lover was brave,
So noble and manly and clever,
So kind and sincere, and he loved me full dear,
Oh, my Edwin, his equal was never!

3. But, alas! he is dead, and gone to death's bed,
Cut down like a rose in full bloom;
And alone doth he sleep, while I thus sadly weep,
'Neath thy soft silver light, gentle moon....

4. His lone grave I'll seek out until morning appears,
And weep o'er my lover so brave;
I'll embrace the cold sod, and bathe with my tears
The sweet flowers that bloom o'er his grave....

5. Ah me! ne'er again may my bosom rejoice,
For my lost love I fain would meet soon;
And fond lovers will weep o'er the grave where we sleep,
'Neath thy soft silver light, gentle moon....

Source: Songs That Never Grow Old (1909, 1913, Syndicate Publishing Co.)
The first two verses of the Turner version can also be found in Everybody's Favorite Songs (Amsco Music Publishing, 1933)

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This page (click) has some interesting references to this song and several others. A search of the Levy Sheet Music Collection brings up several versions, mostly unattributed.
I have a book by Jon W. Finson called The Voices that Are Gone (Oxford University Press, 1994) that attributes the song to Jane Sloman, published in 1848. The Sloman version is at Levy, waiting for a willing Mudcatter to transcribe it.
-Joe Offer-