Reynard The Fox

Melody -

1. On the first day of March
In the year of ninety-three
The first recreation
Was in this country
The King's County gentlemen
O'er hills, dales and rocks
They rode so joyfully
In search of a fox.

2. When Reynard was started
He faced Tullamore
And Arklow and Wicklow
Along the sea shore
We kept his brush in view
Every yard of the way
And it's straight he made his course
For the street of Rosstrade.

3. For Reynard, sly Reynard
Lay hid there that night
And we swore we would watch him
Until the daylight
Next morning early
The hills did resound
Of the sweet smell of horses
And the sweet cry of hounds.
  4. When Reynard was started
He faced to the hollow
Where none but the footmen
And hounds they could follow
The gentlemen cried
"Watch him, watch him, what will he do?
If the rocks do not stop him
He will cross Killaloe."

5. When Reynard was captured
His wishes to fulfill
He sent for pen and paper
And ink to write his will
And what he made mention of,
We found it no thank
For he gave us a cheque
On the National Bank.

6. "Oh to you, Mr Casey,
I leave my whole estate
And to you, Mr Johnson,
My money and my plate
I give to you, Sir Monaghan,
My whips, spurs and cap
For you jumped hedge and ditches
And they look so ragged."

Tally-ho, hark away, tally-ho hark away
Tally-ho, hark away me boys away, hark away

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