Twas of three jolly Welshmen

 

Verse 1

'Twas of three jolly Welshmen, as I have heard them say,
And they went out a-hunting on good Saint David's day;
They whooped and they holloaed, but nothing could they find,
But a broken plough stuck in the ground, and that they left behind.
The first man said it was a wooden horse,
The next man he said, "Nay",
The third he said it was a windmill,
And the vanes were blown away.

Verse 2

'Twas of three jolly Welshmen, as I have heard them say,
And they went out a-hunting on good Saint David's day;
They whooped and they holloaed, but nothing could they find,
But an owl up in the ivy, and that they left behind.
The first man said it was a shepherd's house,
The next man he said, "Nay",
The third he said it was an old man,
And his beard was turning grey.

Verse 3

'Twas of three jolly Welshmen, as I have heard them say,
And they went out a-hunting on good Saint David's day;
They whooped and they holloaed, but nothing could they find,
But a shepherd's house all by a wood, and that they left behind.
The first man said it was a shepherd's house,
The next man he said, "Nay",
The third man said 'twas an old black hut,
And the thatch was blown away.

Verse 4

'Twas of three jolly Welshmen, as I have heard them say,
And they went out a-hunting on good Saint David's day;
They whooped and they holloaed, but nothing could they find,
But a milestone underneath the hedge, and that they left behind.
The first man said it was a milestone,
The next man he said, "Nay",
The third he said it was an old hare,
And his legs had run away.

Verse 5

'Twas of three jolly Welshmen, as I have heard them say,
And they went out a-hunting on good Saint David's day;
They whooped and they holloaed, but nothing could they find,
But a hedgehog in an open field, and that they left behind.
The first man said it was a hedgehog,
The next man he said, "Nay",
The third man said it was a pin cushion,
With the pins stuck in the wrong way.