This is a song sung by unaccompanied three-part harmony group "Brimstone & Treacle in Perth WA
You gentlemen of high renown come listen unto me,
That take delight in fox and hounds in every high degree,
A story true to you I'll tell, concerning of a fox,
In Oxford town in Oxfordshire there lived some mighty hounds.
Bold Reynard being all in his den and lying on the ground,
Bold Reynard being all in his den and hearing of those hounds,
Methinks I hear some Jubal hounds thinking for me to kill,
Before they catch me by my brush, I'll climb that mighty hill.
Bold Reynard cocked up his head and up the hill he went,
Bold Reynard cocked out his brush and left a gallant scent,
Your hounds are staunch I know them well they drive me like the wind,
I'll step so lightly on the ground, I'll leave no scent behind.
We drove Bold Reynard five hours or more without a check of speed,
We drove Bold Reynard five hours or more, we came to Oxford Green.
We caught Bold Reynard by his brush never to let him go,
He's had so many feathered fowls down in the valley below.
Our huntsman blows his joyful sound, reward my boys fulfill,
He'll have no more of our feathered fowls all out on yonder hill,
"Oh pardon huntsman," then he cried, "No pardon you shall have,
Take off his head, likewise his brush and give him three hurrahs."
This is only one of many versions of this song.
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