Hare's Dream, The
DESCRIPTION: "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."
EARLIEST DATE: 1927 (Sam Henry collection)
KEYWORDS: animal hunting food dog
FOUND IN: Ireland
REFERENCES (1 citation):
SHenry H172, pp. 31-32, "The Hare's Dream" (1 text, 1 tune)
cf. "Bold Reynard the Fox (Tallyho! Hark! Away!)" (lyrics, theme)
cf. "The Innocent Hare" (theme: fatal hare hunt)
cf. "The Hare of Kilgrain" (theme: fatal hare hunt)
cf. "The Granemore Hare" (theme: fatal hare hunt)
cf. "The White Hare" (theme: fatal hare hunt)
cf. "Donagh Hill" (form, hunting theme)
NOTES: 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
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