Crazy Jane (1)/The Light of the Moon

Crazy Jane (1)  (between 1815 and 1825) 
The Light of the Moon


It happened on a summer's evening,
In the merry month of May
Just as I had quit my weaving,
Through the groves I chance to stray.
And there I met with lovely Sally,
Blooming like a rose in June;
But I did not wait long time to dally,
Until I kiss'd my love by the light of the moon.

Thou fairest of the soft creation,
While I enjoy these happy hours,
Be not shy unto me, Sally,
For I have thee in my power;
Then I clasp'd her in my arms,
Like unto the flowers in bloom:
I did not wait long time to dally,
Until I kiss’d my love by the light of the moon.

Then I led her to a bed of roses,
While she cried, young man forbear,
Do not hurt me, she cry'd Johnny,
Or I will tear you by the hair
For don’t you see my cloth's a tearing,
My handsome cap and new baloon;

The more she grumbled the more I press’d her,
And I kiss’d her well by the light of the moon.

Then I lifted her by the hand,
While she gave a heavy sigh,
She cried, do not leave me, Johnny,
Do not leave me, or I will die.
For other maids they will despise me,
And say I play’d the wanton soon,
Do not leave me here a-pining,
Condoling my hard fate by the light of the moon.

When six long months was past and over,
Sally's waist began to swell,
For a long time she kept it secret,
O poor girl she durst not tell.
But when her father came to know it,
O sore he rag'd both morn and noon;
The reason you may plainly guess it,
Rearing the child by the light of the moon.

But it happened on a summer’s evening,
I met her father all alone;
He cried out O cruel Johnny,
You've left my (illegible text) all undone;
But if you promise to marry Sally,
While you both are in your bloom,

Five hundred pounds I will quickly pay thee,
And the half of my land by the light of the moon.

Immediately I married Sally,
Early by the morning dew,
And I made him pay down her portion,
On the table every pound
I did not tarry for to count it,
Or to look it o'er again,
But I swept it into my wife’s apron,
A pretty earn’d penny by the light of the moon.

This work was published before January 1, 1928, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.