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delphinium Lyr Req: The Eskdale and Ennerdale Hunt Song (11) RE: Lyr Req: The Eskdale and Ennerdale Hunt Song 03 Apr 03

On Gary & Vera Aspey's live recording on their album A Taste of Hotpot (Topic 12TS299, 1976), they sing verses 2, 3, 5, and 6 of Greg's verses above, and another verse between 5 & 6. I can't make out all the words but here's a try at the additional verse, with the especially unclear words in italics the last phase is probably a serious mondegreen. Greg, you say you may have misremembered the penultimate line in your verse 5 so I am transcribing what I hear the Aspeys sing in that verse too perhaps you may be able to correct some of this?

Greg's verse (5) revised in 4th line and the additional verse:
Come strangers all and ladies fair
We'll lead you to bold Reynard's lair
A welcome we extend to all
For Reynard's off he's hard to stall
So rally now at Freedom's call

And hunters on free like the wind
For Reynard's off he's hard to find
Hup there goes Willy's wild hulloo
As round the crags "the fox in view"
The huntsmen clopping through the blue
The Aspeys' album notes about this song:
This excellent hunting song, which gives the feeling of being carried along with the excitement of the hunt belongs, as the title states, to one of the Six Fell Packs of Cumberland. It is a slightly shortened version of the original and mentions Bill (or Will) Porter, who became Master of the Eskdale and Ennerdale Pack in 1910, succeeding Tommy Dobson who founded the pack and was Master from 1857 to 1910.

Composed by Dr. WS Eaton of Ennerdale. The melody appears to be a sprig of the well known tune family that has given us When Johnny Comes Marching Home and Mademoiselle from Armentiers.
My own $0.02 worth: yes an excellent song, the Aspeys have fun with it - the melody is related but more sprightly and more upbeat than those tunes.

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