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Folk Song Information

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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleBold Reynolds
Roud No.358
Collected FromPuffet, John
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 4 - Wiltshire: Williams, A: MS collection No Wt 435
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 12th February, 1916, p 3, Part 18, No. 1: Williams, A: Folk songs of the upper Thames, 1923 p 63, 64
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

Bold Reynolds in Hampshire did dwell,
He lived at a plentiful rate,
The bones of young lambs he did pick,
And the farmers they all did him hate.

Verse 2

Then they sent for Lord Badminton's horses,
Likewise for his huntsmen and hounds,
They searched in the woods and the copses,
Until this bold Reynolds they found.

Verse 3

They have chased me fill forty five miles,
And I ran it in three hours space,
Till my strength it began for to fail,
And the dogs they got forward apace.

Verse 4

They chased me o'er valleys and hills,
Where the gamekeepers shot at my bones,
I have not had a breathing till now,
And I fear I shall never return.

Verse 5

They chased me through Lord Lovelock's park,
Where the bloodthirsty hounds they did follow,
It made my hair stand on end,
To hear how the huntsman did holloa.

Verse 6

Oh, pardon, dear huntsman, I crave!
For the gamekeeper swears I shall die,
But I've left my two brothers behind
That love young lambs better than I.'

Verse 7

And now this old fox we have killed,
We'll go back to Alton and dine,
And dip his four feet in a glass,
And drink my lord's health in good wine.

Verse 8

Here's a health to Lord Badminton's horses!
Likewise to his huntsmen and hounds,
That have run this bold Reynolds to earth!
No better dogs ever trod the ground.
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Note 1

Williams, Alfred: Ms / WGS: 'An old hunting song, one of such as were commonly sung at Hunt Dinners. It is met with in several forms: below are two versions, and there are possibly others. The first appears to be a mixture since two localities are suggested, i.e. those of Alton, Hampshire, and Badminton, Gloucestershire. Copy obtained of John Puffet, Lechlade and David Sawyer, Ogbourne, Wiltshire.

Williams, Alfred: FSUT: 'An old hunting song, one of such as were commonly sung at Hunt Dinners. It is met with in several forms. Copy obtained of John Puffet, Lechlade and David Sawyer, Ogbourne.

Note 2

Verse 2 is a later insertion in the manuscript.

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.



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