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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleWhen morning stands on tiptoe
Roud No.878
Collected FromMessenger, Charles
LocationCerney Wick
CountyGloucestershire
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 2 - Gloucestershire: Williams, A: MS collection No Gl 67
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 11th March, 1916, p 3, Part 22, No. 6
Recording
 
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

When morning stands on tiptoe 'twixt mountain and sky,
How sweet 'tis to follow the hounds in full cry!
The hounds in full cry,
The hounds in full cry,
How sweet 'tis to follow the hounds in full cry!

Verse 2

When the bright sparkling dew drops the meadows adorn,
How sweet 'tis to follow the echoing horn,
The echoing horn,
The echoing horn,
How sweet 'tis to follow the echoing horn,

Verse 3

But 'tis still greater pleasure when love leads the way,
Then in to pursue joys lighter than they,
Lighter than they,
Lighter than they,
Then in to pursue joys lighter than they,

Verse 4

Yet the joys are divine when, pursuing we find;
Then he's overtaken when the fair one proves kind,
The fair one proves kind,
The fair one proves kind,
Then he's overtaken when the fair one proves kind,
 
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Notes
Note 1

Williams, Alfred: Ms / WGS: 'The following I consider about unapproachable as a hunting song. The figure expressed in the first line is magnificent; no one but a true sport [poet] could have written it. I was some time in obtaining the words after I had heard the song, but those first two lines haunted me, and I could not rest till I had found the piece. There are several verbal errors I expect, though they are not serious. Obtained of Charles Messenger, Cerney Wick.

Williams, Alfred: FSUT: The following I consider about unsurpassed as a hunting song. There are several verbal errors I expect, though they may not be serious. Obtained of Charles Messenger, Cerney Wick.

Note 2
In Verse 3 Lines 2 and 5 the original text read:

Then in to pursue more lighter than they,

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.

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