Song of the Week

The Bonny Black Hare.

On the 14th of May at the dawn of the day
With me gun on me shoulder to the woods I did stray
In search of some game if the weather proved fair
And to see could I get a shot at the bonny black hare.

Well I met a young girl there with her face as the rose
And her skin was as fair as the lily that grows
I said ‘Me fair maiden why ramble you so?
Can you tell me where the bonny black hare do go?’

Oh the answer she gave me her answer was ‘No
But it’s under me apron they say it does grow
And if you’ll not deceive me I vow and declare
We’ll both go together to hunt the bonny back hare.’

Well I lay this girl down with her face to the sky
And I took out me ramrod and me bullets likewise
I said ‘Lock your legs round me and dig in with your heels
For the closer we get, oh the better it feels.’

Well the birds they were singing in the bushes and trees
And the song that they sang was ‘She’s easy to please.’
I felt her heart quiver and I knew what I’d done
Said I ‘Have you had enough of me old sporting gun?’

Well the answer she gave me her answer was ‘Nay
It’s not often young sportsmen like you come this way
And if your powder is willing and your bullets play fair
Why don’t you keep firing at the bonny black hare?’

‘Well me powder is wasted and my bullets all gone
Me ramrod is limp and I cannot fire on
But I’ll be back in the morning and if you are still here
We’ll both go together again to hunt the bonny black hare.

A delightful little song of hunting in the woodland.

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