The Bonny Black Hare

The Bonny Black Hare
Earlye one morning by the dawn of the day,
With my great gun in order I straight took my way;
To hunt for some game through the woods I did steer,
To seek and to find out my bonny black hare.
As sung by Lemmy Brazil, Gloucester 5 January 1966 and 29 September 1966. (Springthyme 67.1.39 & 67.6.39). In: Shepheard, Peter. Folk Songs and Ballads of the Brazil Family of Gloucester (1967).

Earlye one morning by the dawn of the day,
With my great gun in order I straight took my way;
To hunt for some game through the woods I did steer,
To seek and to find out my bonny black hare.

I met a pretty damsel with her eyes black as sloe,
Her teeth was like ivory and her cheeks like a rose;
And her hair hung in ringlets on her shoulders bare,
“Pretty maiden,” says I, “have you seen my black hare?”

“The whole of the morning I’ve been hunting all round,
The bonny black hare is nowhere to be found;
But since you’ve been kindly my darling so fair,
You shall go along with me to hunt my black hare.”

His gun ready loaded determined he was, [sung as: intermid
He threw the fair maiden down on the green grass;
His trigger he dew, put his ball in her hair,
And he fire a shot at her bonny black hare.

He said, “Fair maiden, my powder’s all gone,
My gun’s out of order I cannot ram on;
But since you’ve been kindly my darling so fair,
I’ll fire one more shot at your bonny black hare.”


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