I saw the Moon rise clear (Frederick C. Atkinson)

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Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-09-15).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 427 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: I saw the Moon rise clear
Composer: Frederick C. Atkinson
Lyricist: Thomas Moore
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1861 J. H. Jewell

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Original text and translations

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I saw the moon rise clear
    O’er hills and vales of snow,
Nor told my fleet rein-deer
    The track I wish’d to go.
Yet quick he bounded forth;
    For well my rein-deer knew
I’ve but one path on earth—
    The path which leads to you.

The gloom that winter cast
    How soon the heart forgets,
When summer brings, at last,
    Her sun that never sets!
So dawn’d my love for you;
    So, fix’d through joy and pain,*
Than summer sun more true,
    ’Twill never set again.

  • Published score substitutes: “And chasing ev’ry pain,” for original Moore text.