“Gamekeepers Lie Sleeping”


"I keep my dogs and my ferrets too, O I have them in my keepin' To catch good hares all in the night While the gamekeeper lies sleeping." The singer goes out one night and poaches a female rabbit. Her cries bring the keepers, but he escapes and sells her

Cross references


  • Wiggy Smith, "Hares in the Old Plantation" (on Voice18)
  • Tom Willett, "While Gamekeepers Lie Sleeping" (on TWillett01, HiddenE)


  1. Kennedy 249, "Gamekeepers Lie Sleeping" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Copper-SoBreeze, pp. 266-267, "Dogs and Ferrets" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Roud #363
  4. BI, K249


Alternate titles: “I Keep My Dogs”; “Hares in the Old Plantations”; “The Sleeping Gamekeeper”; “I Keep My Dogs and Ferrets Too”; “While Gamekeepers Lie Sleeping”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1891
Found in: Britain(England(Lond,South))