“We'll All Go A-Hunting Today”


"What a fine hunting day and as balmy as may And the hounds of the village will come... We'll all go a-hunting today." A lame farmer, a judge, a doctor, a parson conducting a marriage -- all leave their work to go hunting


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. Kennedy 263, "We'll All Go A-Hunting Today" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #1172
  3. BI, K263


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1959 (collected by Kennedy)
Found in: Britain(England(North))