Historic Sheet Music Collection

Document Type

Score

Publication Date

1896

Comments

"Nottingham Hunt"

A War Song

The Poem written by Ralph Adams Cram

The Music composed by Fred. Field Bullard

Boston: Fred. Field Bullard (1896)

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Lyrics:

[Verse 1]
Oh, the dawn is all about us,
And the dew is in our faces,
Dashed from off the rushing branches,
As we ride and riding sing,
Yoicks! The hunt is up,
The hounds are out,
The beaters in their places,
Tis’ a gallant day for hunting in the name of
Charles the King.
Shout for God!
For Charles!
For England!
For the game has broken cover,
Scudding out into the open,
While the moors and meadows ring
With the yell of horn, the bay of hounds,
The shout of lord and lover.

[Refrain]
Gone away!
Yoicks! Tally ho!
Gone away!
Yoicks! Tally ho!
Yoicks!
Tally ho, Tally ho, Tally ho!

Riding through England for God and the King!
Riding through England for God and the King!

[Verse 2]
See the rascals, how they scamper:
We are closing in on the vermin.
There’s the gray old fox, Noll Cromwell,
He who presently shall swing.
We will hang him as the Haman,
Give him hempen rope to squirm in.
‘Tis a gallant day for hunting in the name of Charles the King.
Shout for God!
For Charles!
For England!
For the wind is in our faces,
Blowing gaily from the upland,
As we ride and riding sing,
Yoicks!
The hunt is done, the foxes dead,
The hounds have left no traces.

[Refrain]

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