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Thread #126026   Message #2799799
Posted By: Jim Dixon
30-Dec-09 - 11:40 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Jolly Old Hawk - Goss-Hawk (Original)
Subject: Lyr Add: THE JOLLY GOSS-HAWK (from S.Baring-Gould)
From Songs of the West by S. Baring-Gould et al. (London: Methuen and Co., 1905?), page 146:

No. 71

1. I sat on a bank in trifle and play
With my jolly goss-hawk, and her wings were grey.
She flew to my breast and she there built her nest.
I am sure, pretty bird, you with me will stay.

2. She builded within and she builded without,
My jolly goss-hawk, and her wings were grey.
She fluttered her wings and she jingled her rings,
So merry was she and so fond of play.

3. I got me a bell to tie to her foot,
My jolly goss-hawk, and her wings were grey.
She mounted in flight and she flew out of sight.
My bell and my rings she carried away.

4. I ran up the street with nimblest feet,
My jolly goss-hawk, and her wings were grey.
I whooped and halloed, but never she shewed,
And I lost my pretty goss-hawk that day.

5. In a meadow so green, the hedges between,
My jolly goss-hawk, and her wings were grey,
Upon a man's hand she perch'd did stand,
In sport, and trifle, and full array.

6. Who's got her may keep her as best he can,
My jolly goss-hawk, and her wings were grey.
To every man she is frolic and free.
I'll cast her off if she come my way.


71. THE JOLLY GOSS-HAWK. Melody taken down from H. Westaway to "The Nawden Song," which begins—

I went to my lady the first of may,
A jolly Goss-hawk and his wings were grey,
Come let us see who'll win my fair ladye—you or me.

To the 2nd of May is "a two twitty bird," then "a dushy cock," a "four-legged pig," "five steers," "six boars," "seven cows calving," "eight bulls roaring," "nine cocks crowing," "ten carpenters yawing," "eleven shepherds sawing," "twelve old women scolding." Mr C. Sharp has taken it down in Somersetshire. A Scottish version in Chambers' "Popular Rhymes of Scotland," 1842; as "The Yule Days," a Northumbrian version; "The XII. days of Christmas," with air not like ours, in "Northumbrian Minstrelsy," Newcastle, 1882, p. 129.

A Breton version, "Gousper ou ar Ranad" in "Chansons Populaires de la Basse Bretagne," by Luzel, 1890, p. 94. The West of England song has got mixed up with the "Goss Hawk," another song. See "The Fond Mother's Garland," B. M. (11,621, c 5). A companion song to this is "The Bonny Bird," given further on in this collection, No. 106. The song, in Devonshire, goes by the name of "The Nawden Song."