A Hunting Song

 
By C.L. esq
In the English Gentlemen’s Magazine for January 1747 there appeared the following:
Hark the lively tun’d horn how melodious it sounds,
To the musical notes of the merry mouth’d hounds.
See, see where she goes, and the hounds have a view,
Such harmony Handel himself never knew.

This Hunting Song was first set to music by Mr. Ridley, the Organist at Prestbury in Cheshire. Four years later it was set by Handel himself and the autograph," Presented by him in this his own hand Writing to Charles Legh, Esquire in the year 1751," is still at Adlington Hall.

The words are as follows:

The Morning is charming all Nature is gay;
Away my brave Boys to your Horses away,
For the Prime of our Pleasure and questing the Hare
We have not so much as a moment to spare,
We have not so much as a moment to spare.
Hark the merry fond Horn how melodious it sounds,
For the musical song of the merry mouthed Hounds.
Hark the merry fond Horn how melodious it sounds,
For the musical song of the merry mouthed hounds.
 
The Castle Lady, with merry mouthed words !   

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3 Responses to A Hunting Song

  1. Happy says:

    Totally love the line of \’For the musical song of the merry mouthed Hounds.\’I love this space, especially reference to 9th Earl from Canada (Durham Massey).Hope it is a lovely week of quiet joy.

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  2. Happy says:

    Oh my memory Dear Castle Lady, I also came by to see if you had any photographs of castles decorated for the Christmas season. These families must have had great energy of decorating. Take care 🙂 Big Smiles

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  3. Evelyn says:

    It\’s good to see you again at my Space Happy Flower. I should be getting around to some Christmas music and some Christmas decorations around here soon along with a Christmas poem, perhaps. I\’ve never written a Christmas poem probably because so much great stuff has come before me. We\’ll have to see. Yes. Dunham Massey is a very old name and family. Winks and smiles and kisses your way ! ; ) XXX

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