“The Hunting Priest (Parson Hogg; Sing Tally Ho!)”


The singer will tell of the priest "with constitution strong," who regularly goes out "to 'Tally ho, the hounds, sir.'" He will interrupt anything -- a sermon, a wedding -- when he hears the sound of the hunt.


The thene of gentlemen who prefer hunting to church is an ancient complaint in Britain; "The Mourning of the Hare" is the tale of a creature which is pursued by huntsmen who do not wait for mass; it is thought to date to the fifteenth century. - RBW

Cross references


  1. SHenry H222, pp. 29-30, "The Hunting Priest" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #1861
  3. BI, HHH222


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1928 (Sam Henry collection)
Keywords: clergy hunting
Found in: Ireland