“The Hare's Dream”


"On the twenty-seventh of January," the hare is awakened from its dream as the hounds come hunting. The trapped hare complains that the hunters let the fox go free while taking the hare; "All the harm e'er I done was crop the heads o' green kale."


For the complex relationship between this song and "Bold Reynard the Fox (Tallyho! Hark! Away!)," see the notes to that song.

There is a broadside, NLScotland, Ry.III.a.6(020) "Hare's Dream," unknown, n.d. It is not related; the "Hare" in this case is an Irish-born criminal apprehended in Scotland who dreams of what happened after his crimes. - RBW

Cross references


  1. SHenry H172, pp. 31-32, "The Hare's Dream" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #3574
  3. BI, HHH032A


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1927 (Sam Henry collection)
Keywords: animal hunting food dog
Found in: Ireland