Hunting Song (Henry Thomas Smart)

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  • (Posted 2019-02-20)   CPDL #53347:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-02-20).   Score information: A4, 10 pages, 139 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd Series) Vol. I, No. 45. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: Hunting Song
Composer: Henry Thomas Smart
Lyricist: Walter Scott

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

First published: 1869 in Novello Part-Song Book (2nd Series), Volume 1, no. 45, p. 49.


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Original text and translations

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1  Waken, lords and ladies gay,
On the mountain dawns the day,
All the jolly chase is here,
With hawk and hound, and hunting spear:
Hounds are in their couples yelling,
Hawks are whistling, horns are knelling,
Merrily mingle, mingle they,
Waken, lords and ladies gay.

2  Waken, lords and ladies gay,
The mist has left the mountain grey;
Springlets in the dawn are steaming,
Diamonds on the brake are gleaming;
And huntsmen all have busy been,
To track the buck in thickets green,
Now we come to chant our lay,
Waken, lords and ladies gay.

3  Louder, louder chant the lay,
Waken, lords and ladies gay,
Tell them youth, and mirth, and glee,
Run a course as well as we,
Time, stern huntsman who can baulk?
Staunch as hound, and fleet as hawk!
Think of this, and rise with day,
Gentle lords and ladies gay.