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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleEynsham poaching song
Roud No.1268
Collected FromLeach, Henry
LocationEynsham
CountyOxfordshire
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 2 - Oxfordshire: Williams, A: MS collection No Ox 256
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 1st January, 1916, p 2, Part 12, No. 3: Williams, A: Folk songs of the upper Thames, 1923 p 151
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Song Lyrics
Verse 1

Three Eynsham chaps went out one day,
To Lord Abingdon's Manor they made their way;
They took some dogs to catch some game,
And soon to Wytham Woods they came.

Verse 2

We had not long been beating there,
Before our spaniel put up a hare;
Up she jumped and away she ran,
At the very same time a pheasant sprang.

Verse 3

We had not beat the woods all through,
Before Barrett, the keeper, came in view;
When we saw the old beggar look,
We made our way to Cassington Brook.

Verse 4

When we got there 'twas full to the brim,
And you'd have laughed to see us swim;
Ten feet of water, if not more,
When we got out, our dogs came o'er.

Verse 5

Over hedges, ditches, gates and rails,
Our dogs followed after, behind our heels;
If he had catched us, say what you will,
He'd have sent us all to Abingdon Jail.
 
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Notes
Note 1

Williams, Alfred: Ms: 'Of the two versions [Southrop Poaching song] this is the better. It is more compact, though the local intrusions are more pronounced. Wytham Woods are on the hill of that name close to Oxford and round which the Thames sweeps wonderfully in its approach to the famous city of Oxford. Every traveller by road from Faringdon to Oxford is familiar with the sight of it, which is particularly striking from the top of Botley Hill. Obtained of Henry Leech, Eynsham, Oxfordshire.'

Williams, Alfred: WGS: 'Of the two versions [Southrop Poaching song] perhaps this is the better. It is more compact, though the local intrusions are more pronounced. Wytham Woods are on the hill of that name close to Oxford and round which the Thames sweeps wonderfully in its approach to the famous city of learning. Every traveller by road from Faringdon to Oxford is familiar with the sight of it, which is particularly striking from the top of Botley Hill. Obtained of Henry Leech, Eynsham, Oxfordshire.'

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.

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