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346                                  ENGLISH SONG AND BALLAD MUSIC.
The tune was introduced into the ballad-operas of Polly, The Lovers, The Qualcer^ Opera, Don Quixote in England, The Court Legacy, The Rape of Helen, ■ The Humours of the Court, The Oxford Act, The Sturdy Beggars, &c.; and the song is the prototype of many others, such as, " A bowling we will go," "A fish­ing we will go," "A hawking we will go," and "A hunting we will go." The last-named is printed in the sixth vol. of The Musical Miscellany, 8vo., 1731. It is still popular with those who take delight in hunting; and as the air is now scarcely known by any other title,* I have printed the words to the tune. In The Musical Miscellany it is entitled The Stag Chace, and there are twenty-nine verses; twelve are here omitted, being principally a description of the dogs, and a catalogue of their names; indeed, it is presum'd that seventeen stanzas will suffice.
I leave my ted betimes,
Before the morning's grey ; Let loose my dogs, and mount my horse,
And halloo " come away ! " &c.
The game's no sooner rous'd,
But in rush the cheerful cry, Thro' bush and brake, o'er hedge and stake,
The noble beast does fly, &c.
In vain he flies to covert,
A num'rous pack pursue, That never cease to trace his steps,
Even tho' they've lost the view, &c.
Now sweetly in full cry
Their various notes they join;
Gods ! what a concert's here, my lads ! 'Tis more than half divine, &c.
The woods, the rocks, and mountains,
Delighted with the sound, To neighb'ring dales and fountains
Repeating, deal it round, &c.
A glorious chace it is,
We drive him many a mile, O'er hedge and ditch, we go thro' stitch,
And hit off many a foil, &c.