Sir Walter Scott

(1771-1832 / Edinburgh / Scotland)

Hunting Song - Poem by Sir Walter Scott

Waken, lords and ladies gay,
On the mountain dawns the day;
All the jolly chase is here
With hawk and horse and hunting-spear,
Hounds are in their couples yelling,
Hawks are whistling, horns are knelling,
Merrily, merrily mingle they
Waken, lords and ladies gay.

Waken, lords and ladies gay,
The mist has left the mountain gray;
Springlets in the dawn are steaming,
Diamonds on the brake are gleaming;
And foresters have busy been
To track the buck in thicket green;
Now we come to chant our lay,
Waken, lords and ladies gay.

Waken, lords and ladies gay,
To the greenwood haste away;
We can show you where he lies,
Fleet of foot and tall of size;
We can show the marks he made
When 'gainst the oak his antlers fray'd;
You shall see him brought to bay
Waken, lords and ladies gay.

Louder, louder chant the lay,
Waken, lords and ladies gay!
Tell them youth and mirth and glee
Run a course as well as we;
Time, stern huntsman! who can balk,
Staunch as hound and fleet as hawk:
Think of this, and rise with day,
Gentle lords and ladies gay!


Comments about Hunting Song by Sir Walter Scott

  • Mahtab Bangalee (8/11/2018 10:51:00 PM)


    feeling so happy to read this poem- excellent rhythm (Report) Reply

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  • Khairul Ahsan (8/11/2018 9:49:00 PM)


    The poem provides a vivid description of the majestic grandeur and fun that went with the sport of seasonal hunting. To animal lovers, the poem may well appear unpalatable.
    A special mention for the excellent rhyme and rhythm is well deserved.
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  • Adrian Flett (8/11/2018 6:03:00 AM)


    It lacks any thought or feeling for the hunted quarry and the rhyme and rhythm doesn't help to assuage that lack (Report) Reply

  • (8/11/2018 4:44:00 AM)


    Hunting the earlier sport of the elite and killing wild animals. They rhyme of poetry is so brilliant. (Report) Reply

  • Dr.tony Brahmin (8/11/2018 2:15:00 AM)


    Time, stern huntsman! who can balk,
    Staunch as hound and fleet as hawk:
    Think of this, and rise with day,
    Gentle lords and ladies gay! a very good poem.. tony
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  • Sylvia Frances Chan (8/11/2018 2:07:00 AM)


    TWO; but the poet created most beautiful end rhymes here, this habit in poems is also from that obsolete time, I reckon. Congratulations for being chosen as the Classic Poem Of The Day, for the family and inheritants of SWS.
    A best portrayal about the Royal hunting season, we can follow this step by step, obviously clearest told.
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  • Sylvia Frances Chan (8/11/2018 2:00:00 AM)


    ONE: Hunting season, Lords and Ladies and the poet SIR Walter Scott, are all each other´s inspirations. In these times, during hunting season, many animals had to hunted, then killed. A Royal busy doing, this was in the past, nowadays it still exists nowadays, but that goes unrhymed with the Animal Party in my country, (Report) Reply

  • Petals Azureblue (8/11/2018 12:54:00 AM)


    A breathy racy read indicative of the bustle and huslte in response to the call to get up and get ready for the hunt. Very well constructed. (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (8/11/2017 8:10:00 PM)


    Interesting to read this great poem.......... (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (8/11/2017 4:29:00 PM)


    Fleet of foot! ! Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (8/11/2017 12:33:00 PM)


    Awesome, this is wonderful poem, thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • (8/11/2017 4:41:00 AM)


    great song of hunting. so simply yet so rich in its flow. (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga (8/11/2017 12:47:00 AM)


    The song is sweet and rhythmic and brings about the preparedness for the session of hunting which in the olden times was a royal game. Thanks.
    Time, stern huntsman! who can balk,
    Staunch as hound and fleet as hawk:
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Poem Submitted: Friday, April 2, 2010



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