Hunting of the Wren Will ze go to the wood? quo' Fozie Mozie; Will ze go to the wood? quo' Johnie Rednozie; Will ze go to the wood? quo' Foslin 'ene; Will ye go to the wood? quo' brither and kin. [similarly:] What to do there? To slay the Wren. What way will ze get her hame? We'll hyre carts and horse. What way will we get her in? We'll drive down the door-cheeks. I'll hae a wing, quo' Fozie Mozie: I'll hae another, quo' Johnie Rednozie: I'll hae a leg, quo' Foslin 'ene: And I'll hae anither, quo' brither and kin. ________________________________________________________ Herd 1776, II.210; whence Chambers PRS (1870), 37, and Montgomerie SNR (1946), 22 (no. 10). Cf. ODNR 367 (no. 447), ref. to Peter Buchan's MS. in British Museum (Adds. 29408): "Where are ye gain? quoth Hose to Mose/ Johnny Rednose/ bretheren three/ To shoot the wren, quo' Wise Willie" (3 st.). Gosset, Lullabies of Four Nations (1915), 119; [titled "The Brethren Three"; begins "`We'll aff tae the wids,' says Tosie Mosie." -other names are Johnie Red Hosie, Wise Willie, and line 4 ends "say the brethren three".] Contributed to Old-Lore Miscellany of the Viking Society (Orkney), 1908, by John Frith; he heard it used as a lullaby. The tune was the first strain of The Campbells are Coming. Date, "sixty years ago", i.e. c. 1848. On the Wren Hunt see, e.g. E.A. Armstrong, The Folklore of Birds (1958), 148 ff.; Alisoun Gardner-Medwin, "The Wren Hunt Song", Folk-Lore 81 (1970), 215-8. WBO OCT98
Thanks to Mudcat for the Digital Tradition!