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

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


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

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  • 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:
    (Report) Reply

  • Robert Murray Smith (8/11/2017 12:32:00 AM)


    This poet was ignorant about coexistence. To hunt animals is now recognised by thinking people as an abomination. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, April 2, 2010



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