Hence! away with idle sorrow! Bane of life's uncertain hour! Few the joys from time we borrow, Hold them, while within your power. Hunt the hare o'er hills and vallies, Cheerful wake the rising morn; When she from her chamber sallies, Greet her with the early horn! Health, and peace, and spirits gaily Temper'd by the buxome air; While such blessings court you daily, Why prefer dull pining care? Hunt the hare o'er hills and vallies, Cheerful wake the rising morn; When she from her chamber sallies, Greet her with the early horn! Then when fast the sun descending Seeks his chambers in the west, Hasten where good cheer attending Waits to welcome ev'ry guest: While the goblet gaily quaffing, Round and round you hunt the hare, Toasting, singing, jesting, laughing, Drive away the demon care!
- by Anne Hunter (1742 - 1821), "Hunting the hare" [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732 - 1809), "Hunting the hare", subtitle: "Hela'r ysgyfarnog", JHW. XXXII/4 no. 364, Hob. XXXIb no. 33. [voice, violin, cello, and piano] [text verified 1 time]
Researcher for this text: Ferdinando Albeggiani
This text was added to the website: 2011-09-10
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Word count: 136