Hunting Poetry

The Foxhunter’s Widow

Posted on Friday, March 10, 2017
Written by: Sybil Maxwell 1897

‘Look out on the lawn’, great-grandchild, And clap your wee hands with fun; Blow a kiss to the field, my darling, And wish them a glorious run.   Some day you shall follow the music, With a low light hand on the rein; Aye, aye, you’ll keep close to the beauties, For you come of...

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Do’s & Dont’s For Pony Clubbers

Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Written by: Jeanne S Trexler (2005 version)

Foxhunting’s our sport And we’ll all have more fun If we each know beforehand What’s “being done.” Let’s all be dressed in proper attire So that our hunt field will be one to admire And girls – hair nets please – your flowing tresses Are not for hunting – but for party dresses. Don’t arrive...

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The Old Hunter

Posted on Saturday, February 4, 2017
Written by: Peter Brook

[These lines are dedicated to an old and very favourite hunter whose work is done. They are supposed to be a conversation overheard between him and a stable companion. He carried me brilliantly for many seasons, and never hurt a hair of my head. – J. H. W.] (taken from Bailys 1895)   What made...

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Alton Strip

Posted on Friday, February 3, 2017
Written by: Peter Brook

This poem written by Teviotdale is annotated  ‘to Mr C Craig’  and appeared in Bailys Sports & Pastimes  May 1895. There are a few geographic clues to the hunt concerned taking place in the Scottish Borders with references to Minto Kamaes and Hassendean but we cannot with any confidence attribute it to a particular pack....

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The Willows that Fringe the Brook.

Posted on Sunday, January 29, 2017
Written by: Peter Brook

I’LL tell you a yarn of the vale we crossed When hounds were running a scent breast-high ; When the hunt was weeded, the skirters lost, And turf like water was fleeting by. There were hardly ten of our hardest men Could hope to live on the line they took ; And out of the...

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A Muddling Run.

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Written by: Peter Brook

When you pull on your leathers in softest of weathers, You count on some sport before sinking of sun; Hope luck will betide you-no rival o’erride you­ Hope all sorts of sport but a muddling run.   You ride to the meet on your bunter so fleet on The days when he’s minded your sharp...

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Tally Ho Back! – Christopher Curtis

Posted on Saturday, January 28, 2017
Written by: Peter Brook

There are verses galore about great hunts of yore And those gallants who gallop in front, So I think it’s absurd that there’s hardly a word About us at the back of the hunt. For remember, you thrusters, fence, hedge and wall busters, Though the fences you jump may be higher, We arrive at the...

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A Lay of Glen Lochay

Posted on Sunday, December 4, 2016
Written by: Helen Brook

“The Country Squire” submitted this lengthy poetic version of an old ghost story to Bailys Magazine in November 1861.  It has a second title of “The Legend of Coillich Wood” and the original story was very popular at the time.   I will sing you a lay of Glen Lochay, The tale of the Coillich...

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The Cambridgeshire Gazetteer

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Written by: Helen Brook

First seen in the August 1861 issue of Bailys Magazine of Sports and Pastimes, this charming submission from an author known only as “B” is a reminder of linguistic puns, and also how local dialects can lead cause navigational challenges to the new arrival in even some of the best hunting country.  For reference, “Boxer”,...

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The Best Music

Posted on Sunday, November 27, 2016
Written by: Peter Brook

Submitted to Bailys in 1883 this poem is not typical of those descriptive poems that were often sent in following a memorable day with hounds but which often required the reader to understand the context or characters. Today we might do the same on a post hunt evening with a DVD and a Tumblers Club...

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