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Posted - 14 Sep 02 - 12:14 pm

Noble Foxhunting, The

It was early one morning as I was a-walking,
That I heard of a noble foxhunting,
'Twas betwixt two gentlemen and the Duke of Wellington,
It was early as the day was a-dawning

There was Dido, Spendigo, Gently he was there-O,
And Traveller that never looked behind him,
There was Countance, Rollinance, Bonny Lass and Jovale,
Now these were the dogs that could find him

Now this fox he was young and his days were just begun,
Straightway he did run for his cover,
He ran up the highest hill and down the lowest dale,
Thinking to gain his liife forever.

Now poor Jack tripped o'er the plain and he tripp-ed back again,
And his horse and his hounds never failed him,
Now forever and a day old Jackie he would day,
Jog along my brave boys all together.

Now this fox was getting old and his days were nearly over,
Straightway he did run for the river,
But little Dido he jumped in, and after he did swim,
And Traveller destroyed his life forever.

Source: Garners Gay, EDFS, 1967


Fred Hamer Says "This is the kind of song the first interested Baring Gould in the tunes of the West Country. I had it from two people, but Wilf Martin a gardener (now retired), was the better singer."

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Malcolm Douglas
Posted - 14 Sep 02 - 03:55 pm

Roud 584.

Wilf Martin lived in Pelynt, Cornwall. A recording of him singing this song appeared on a cassette, The Leaves of Life, which was issued by EFDSS and the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library (VMWL 003). So far as I know, it's long out of print.

The song was quite popular in the South of England, and is generally known to Revival singers as Dido Bendigo, though it shows up under a number of names; Baring Gould, for example, got it as The Duke's Hunt, and Sharp as The Duke [of Rutland]'s Hunting Song.

Broadside editions at  Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads:

Dido, a favourite hunting song  Printed between 1819 and 1844 by J. Pitts, 6, Great St. Andrew Street, 7 Dials [London]. Johnson Ballads fol. 142

Dido, a new hunting song  Printer and date unknown. Firth b.33(29)

Dido and Spandigo  Printer and date unknown. Harding B 16(74b); Firth c.19(110) [incomplete].

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