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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleLavington hawking
Roud No.23622
Collected FromUnknown
LocationEasterton
CountyWiltshire
Collected ByHobbs, Steve
Alternative Title
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: X3/69: Notebook of Benjamin Hayward, Easterton, d 1881 aged 95
Source Secondary
Recording
 
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

O when I went to hawking
On far famed Wiltshire Down
With horse and foot and coaching
From village and from town
In numbers great a-numbered
Upon the rising ground
Grateful delight and grand the sight
Was hawking on the Down

Verse 2

In fitful rage rude Borea
His parting shot sent down
On which a laughing chorus
Right surely did rebound
With spirits so elated
All gay without a frown
Grateful delight and grand the sight
Was hawking on the Down

Verse 3

The noble birds engaging
Admiring crowds around
Enthroned instead of caging
And so they wear the crown
And when let fly they tower on high
And pounce the game to ground
Grateful delight and grand the sight
Was hawking on the Down

Verse 4

To see the death whilst running
More swift the deed is done
With strength combined with cunning
And this of birds be sung
Whilst free in air soaring
They do the call obey!
Grateful delight and grand the sight
Was hawking on the Down
 
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Notes
Tune - When I was bound apprentice. My thanks to Steve Hobbs, archivist at the Wiltshire and Swinson History Centre who brought this item to my attention.

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2007.

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