Hunting Priest, The (Parson Hogg; Sing Tally Ho!)
DESCRIPTION: 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.
EARLIEST DATE: 1812 (The Ulverston New Poetical Miscellany)
KEYWORDS: clergy hunting
FOUND IN: Ireland
REFERENCES (2 citations):
SHenry H222, pp. 29-30, "The Hunting Priest" (1 text, 1 tune)
ADDITIONAL: The Ulverston New Poetical Miscellany: Containing a Selection of the Most Fashionable Songs, with Many Originals, Not Inserted in Ashburner's Vocal and Poetic Repository, G. Ashburner, Ulverston, 1812 (available on Google Books), p. 158, "The Hunting Parson" (1 text)
cf. "We'll All Go A-Hunting Today" (theme)
NOTES: 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
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