Music and Moonlight

O'SHAUGHNESSY, Arthur. Music and Moonlight.

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O'SHAUGHNESSY, Arthur. Music and Moonlight. London: Chatto and Windus, 1874.

Small 8vo., original blue publisher's cloth, lettered and ruled in gilt to spine, with bevelled edges, gilt-ruled to upper cover; black coated end papers; pp. vii, [i]; 208, vii, [i]; boards a little rubbed and pushed, upper edge dust soiled; a very good copy. Provenance: with the bookplate of Iolo Aneurin Williams to the front paste-down, father of the composer Edward Williams.
First edition.
Containing the poet's most famous 'Ode': We are the music makers, And we are the dreamers of dreams, Wandering by lone sea-breakers, And sitting by desolate streams;- World-losers and world-forsakers, On whom the pale moon gleams: Yet we are the movers and shakers Of the world for ever, it seems." The poem has been set to music many times, most notably by Edward Elgar and, more recently, Aphex Twin.