“I See the Moon”


"I see the moon, the moon sees me, God bless the (moon/sailors) and God bless me."


I believe I learned this, or the first line of it at least, somewhere in my youth, with a tune similar to the "Fiddle-I-Fee" versions of "I Had a Little Rooster." I know of no folk recordings, but that seems to imply some sort of tradition somewhere. - RBW


  1. Opie-Oxford2 356, "I see the moon" (1 text)
  2. Baring-Gould-MotherGoose #425, p. 202, "(I see the moon, and the moon sees me)"
  3. ADDITIONAL: Walter de la Mare, _Come Hither_, third edition, 1928, notes to #444 ("I see the moon") (1 short text)
  4. BI, BGMG425


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1784 (Gammer Gurton's Garland, according to Opie-Oxford2)
Keywords: nonballad religious
Found in: US(MW)