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Reynard the Fox (2) On the first day of spring in the year ninety-three There was great recreation was in this country There was gentlemen and farmers over hills and dales and rocks They rode so joyfuly in search of a fox. Tally-ho, hark away, tally-ho hark away Tally-ho, hark away me boys away, hark away When Renolds was started he was facing Tullamore With Arklow and Wicklow along the sea shore He kept his brush in view every yard of the way And it's straight he took his course through the main the street of Rosstrade Now Renolds, sly Renolds, he hid in a tree that night But they swore they would watch him until daylight And early next morning the woods did resound With the echo of horns and the sweet cry of hounds. When Renolds left the tree, boys, he faced to the hollow Where none but the hounds and the footmen could follow The gentlemen cried, "Watch him, watch him, what shall we do? For if the rocks don't stop him he will cross Killaloo." When bold Renolds was taken, his wishes to fulfill, He called for ink and paper and a pen to write his will And now you come to mention it they found it wasn't a blank For he gave them all a cheque on the National Bank. "To you, Mr Casey, I leave me whole estate And to you, Pat O'Brien, me money and me plate And I leave to you, your Ladyship, me brush, me mask and cap For you jumped walls and ditches and you never looked for a gap." =========================================== Sung by Ewan MacColl on _Champions and Sporting Blades,_ Riverside RLP 12-652. The very small differences from your version obviously describe a completely different mood. Now the cheque is a real one, the three beneficiaries get clearly valued items; Ladyship gets the greatest prizes, due her for her courage. I suppose an interesting sidelight might be to know if "The National Bank" means a good, solid one (indication this to be an earlier version) or a failed bank (indicating this to be a parody version.) Doesn't matter a whole lot. Lloyd's notes on the record don't help much. Just that the joke of the fox willing his assets to the huntsmen is an old one, occuring several times in medieval fables. AJS
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