Moon behind the hill

Lyrics

I watched last night the rising moon upon a foreign strand
‘Till memories came like flowers of June of home and fatherland
I dreamt I was a child once more, beside the rippling rill
When first I saw in days of yore, the moon behind the hill

It brought me back the visions grand that purpled boyhood’s dreams
Its youthful loves, its happy land, as bright as morning beams
It brought me back my own sweet Nore, the steeple and the mill
Until my eyes could scarcely see the moon behind the hill

It brought me back a mother’s love until in accents wild
I prayed her from her home above to guard her lonely child
It brought me one across the wave, to live in mem’ry still
It brought me back my Mary’s grave, the moon behind the hill

And there beneath the silvery sky, I lived life o’er again
I counted all its hopes gone by, I wept at all its pain
And when I’m gone, oh may some tongue, the minstrel’s wish fulfill
And still remember him who sang the moon behind the hill

Kilkenny 1

Songs of Kilkenny


Notes

Written by William Kennealy



County

Kilkenny

Song Themes

Nostalgia

Songwriter