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Thread #147208   Message #3410764
Posted By: Jim Dixon
27-Sep-12 - 02:42 AM
Thread Name: Origins: The Hunting Day / Fine Hunting Day
Subject: RE: Origins: The Hunting Day / Fine Hunting Day
Here are 2 more verses, found in The Hopetoun Stairs: A Collection of Songs for Wellington College (Printed by G. Bishop, 1880), page 48:

    Then the village bells chime;
    There's a wedding at nine,
And the parson unites the fond pair!
    But he hears the sweet sounds
    Of the horn and the hounds,
And he knows it is time to be there.
    Says he, "For your welfare I'll pray.
    I regret I no longer can stay.
        Now you're safely made one,
        I must quickly be gone,
    For I must go a-hunting to-day."

    None were left in the lurch
    For all friends at the church,
With beadle and clerk and all near,
    All determined to go,
    And to shout "Tally-ho!"
And the ringers all joined in the rear;
    With bridegroom and bride in array,
    Everyone to each other did say,
        "Let us join the glad throng
        That goes laughing along,
    And we'll all go a-hunting to-day."