Bonny Black Hare, The
DESCRIPTION: A hunter goes out to shoot at the bonny black hare (hair), meets a willing maid, and beds her until his "ramrod is limber" and he cannot fire more.
EARLIEST DATE: before 1856 (broadside, Bodleian Firth b.25(347))
KEYWORDS: bawdy sex hunting
FOUND IN: Canada(Mar) Britain(England,Scotland(Aber)) US(MW,So)
REFERENCES (6 citations):
Greig/Duncan7 1427, "The Bonnie Black Hare" (1 fragment, 1 tune)
Purslow-TheConstantLovers, pp. 9-10, "The Bonny Black Hare" (1 text, from a broadside, 1 tune)
Randolph/Legman-RollMeInYourArms I, pp. 42-43, "The Bonny Black Hare" (2 texts, 1 tune)
ADDITIONAL: Roger Elbourne, Music and Tradition in Early Industrial Lancashire 1780-1840 (Totowa, 1980), p. 76, "The Bonny Black Hare" (fragment)
Julie Henigan, "Ozark Ballads as Song and Story," article in _Missouri Folklore Society Journal_, Volume 27-28 (cover date 2005-2006, but published 2015), pp. 159-185; pp. 167-168, "The Bonny Black Hare" (1 text)
A. L. Lloyd, "The Bonnie Black Hare" (on BirdBush1, BirdBush2)
Bodleian, Firth b.25(347), "Black Hare" ("One morning in summer by the dawn of the day"), E.M.A. Hodges (London), 1846-1854
cf. "The Bonnie Moorhen"
NOTES [15 words]: Legman's notes link this broadside ballad to the older Scottish "The Bonnie Muir Hen." - EC
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