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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleIt's my delight of a shiny night
Roud No.299
Collected FromBradshaw, William
LocationBibury
CountyGloucestershire
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 2 - Gloucestershire: Williams, A: MS collection No Gl 56
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 3rd June, 1916, p 3, Part 32, No. 7: Williams, A: Folk songs of the upper Thames, 1923, p 175, 176
Recording
 
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

When I was bound apprentice in famed Northamptonshire,
I served my master truly for almost seven long year,
Until I took up poaching as you shall quickly hear,
Oh. It's my delight of a shiny night in the season of the year.

Verse 2

As I and my companions were setting of a snare,
The gamekeeper was a-watching us, for him we did not care,
For we can wrestle and fight my boys, or jump over anywhere,
For it's my delight of a shiny night in the season of the year.

Verse 3

As I and my companions were setting four or five,
A-taking of them up again we catched the hare alive,
We throwed her across our shoulders and through the wood did steer,
For it's my delight of a shiny night in the season of the year.

Verse 4

We threw her across out shoulders and wandered through the town,
Called into a neighbouring alehouse and sold her for a crown;
We sold her for a crown, my boys, but I shall not tell you where,
For it's my delight of a shiny night in the season of the year.

Verse 5

Here is success to poaching, for I do not think it fair.
Bad luck to every gamekeeper that would not sell his deer!
Good luck to every gentleman that wants to buy a hare!
For it's my delight of a shiny night in the season of the year.
 
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Notes
Note 1

Williams, Alfred: Ms / WGS / FSUT: 'This once was very popular. It is to be met with in most collections of folk songs. I had known a part of it from childhood, and had heard it spoken of in many places, but I was a long time in finding one who really included it in his list of 'live' songs. This I did at last, however, in the person of William Bradshaw, Bibury, Gloucestershire.'

Note 2

In Verse 1 Line 2 the original text read:

I served my master truly for almost seven year,

In Verse 3 the original text read:

As me and my companions were setting four or five,
And taking of them up again we took the hare alive,
We popped her in the bag my boys and through the wood did steer,
For it's my delight of a shiny night in the season of the year.

In Verse 4 the original text read:

We [threw] him over out shoulders and wandered through the town,
Called into a neighbouring alehouse and sold her for a crown;
We sold him for a crown, my boys, but I [shall] not tell you where,
For it's my delight of a shiny night in the season of the year.

In Verse 5 the original text read:

Well! here's success to poaching, for I do not think it fair.
Bad luck to every gamekeeper that would not sell his deer!
Good luck to every [gentleman] that wants to buy a hare!
For it's my delight of a shiny night in the season of the year.

The words in brackets are indecipherable on the original and are taken from other versions of the verses.

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.

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