Ring around the Moon

 

Riverdaughter

 

You shouldnít see me as you walk

Beside my secret place;

Ripples hide my lucid limbs

As time moves on apace.

Seek me not, oh, mortal man

Nor look upon my face.

 

Ring upon the river,

Ring upon the water

Never stay where you might see

Temptationís riverdaughter.

 

 

I am lovely, so they say;

My tale is seldom told-

Men who pause to peer at me

Should never be so bold.

He who seeks my pale embrace

Will be forever cold.

 

 

Ring upon the river,

Bread upon the water

Never stand where you might meet

Temptationís riverdaughter.

 

 

I lie among the willow's boughs

And gently braid their wands;

I let the dapples comfort me

While weaving oí the fronds.

My smile is young yet I am old

Your blood to me responds.

 

Ring upon the river,

Wind upon the water

Never wait where you might sense

Temptationís riverdaughter.

 

 

You wonít find me if you walk

In blessed state of grace;

And keep your mind on higher things

Than this enchanted place-

But cast yourself in Nyssaís ponds?

Youíll leave no mortal trace.

 

Ring upon the river,

Tears upon the water

Never be where you might know

Temptationís riverdaughter.

 

Ring around the Moon