Jolly Old Hawk
DESCRIPTION: "Jolly (old hawk/goshawk) and his wings were grey." Cumulative song: The singer asks who will win his love, and recites the animals he gave as gifts: One hawk, two birds, three cocks (or a three-thistle cock), four pigs (or a four-hoofed pig), etc.
EARLIEST DATE: 1889 (Reeves-TheEverlastingCircle)
KEYWORDS: cumulative love animal
FOUND IN: Britain(England(South))
REFERENCES (4 citations):
Kennedy-FolksongsOfBritainAndIreland 298, "The Jolly Gos-Hawk" (1 text, 1 tune)
Reeves/Sharp-TheIdiomOfThePeople 51, "Jolly Old Hawk" (1 text)
Reeves-TheEverlastingCircle 78, "Jolly Old Hawk" (1 text)
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