Perhaps you recognize the haunting words from Alfred Noyes’ narrative poem, The Highwayman, a story of love, danger, and death. This poem came to mind last weekend as 2013’s largest moon was as ghostly as a pirate’s galleon, reflecting upon the waves of my river.
The Highwayman was published in 1906 and the 24 year-old British born Noyes penned it in two days. As beautiful as it is in written form, a compelling rendition is performed by Loreena McKennitt to violin and piano. Her voice brings Bess, the landlord’s black-eyed daughter, and the highwayman, to life. “Look for me by moonlight; Watch for me by moonlight; I’ll come to thee by moonlight, though hell should bar the way!” Yes, when the moon is full, it’s just possible to hear his soft whistle for Bess. Blessed be :}