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Posted By: Jim Dixon
07-Sep-16 - 05:13 PM
Thread Name: Origin: The Lincolnshire Poacher
Subject: Lyr Add: THE LINCOLNSHIRE POACHER (Chappell, 1838)
From A Collection of National English Airs, …, Vol. 2 edited by W. Chappell (London: Chappell, 1838), page 62. I have boldfaced the words that are different from the version in the DT.

No. LX. IN THE SEASON OF THE YEAR, sometimes called THE POACHER'S SONG, the date or origin of which it is difficult to trace; but so well known among the peasantry, that it has been sung by several hundred voices together at Windsor, at the harvest-homes of George the Fourth.


THE LINCOLNSHIRE POACHER.

WHEN I was bound apprentice in fair Lincolnshire,
Full well I serv'd my master for more than seven year,
'Till I took up to Poaching, as you shall quickily hear,
O 'tis my delight, on a shining night, in the season of the year.

As me and my comarade were setting of a snare,
'Twas then we spied the gamekeeper, for him we did not care,
For we can wrestle and fight, my boys, and jump o'er anywhere,
O 'tis my delight, on a shining night, in the season of the year.

As me and my comarade were setting four or five,
And taking on him up again, we caught the hare alive,
We took the hare alive, my boys, and thro' the woods did steer,
O 'tis my delight, on a shining night, in the season of the year.

We threw him over our shoulder, and then we trudged home,
We took him to a neighbour's house, and sold him for a crown,
We sold him for a crown, my boys, but I did not tell you where,
O 'tis my delight, on a shining night, in the season of the year.

Success to every gentleman that lives in Lincolnshire,
Success to every Poacher that wants to sell a hare,
Bad luck to every gamekeeper that will not sell his deer,
O 'tis my delight, on a shining night, in the season of the year.

* [The tune is given in volume 1 of the same work, page 32:]