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The Celtic Art Coracle Volume 1 Issue 7
Games Children Play - Paddy Graber ( continued)
Fig. 49a: Greyhound and Hare, the Book of Kells

Girl:
Then I shall go as an autumn hare,
With sorrow and sighing and mickle care;
And I shall go in our Lady's name
Until I come to my home again.

Chorus:
But we shall follow as swift greyhounds
And dog thy tracks by leaps and bounds;
But we shall go in our master's name
Until we fetch thee home again.

 

Fig. 49a: Greyhound and Hare, the Book of Kells

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Girl:
Then I shall go as a winter trout,
With sorrow and sighing and mickle doubt;
And I shall go in our Lady's name
Until I come to my home again.

Chorus:
But we shall follow as otters swift
And snare thee fast ere thou canst shift;
But we shall go in our master's name
Until we fetch thee home again.

Later, I asked the children about the game, but they could tell me little or nothing except that they had learned it from a girl who lived in the New Forest. The structure of the stanzas reminded me of "The Twa Magicians".

Then she became a turtle-dove
And she flew up in the air;
But he became a cruel sparrow hawk,
And they flew pair and pair.

Text: copyright Patrick Graber 1976; Art copyright Aidan Meehan 1983
 

The Celtic Art Coracle Vol 1
Contents Coracle Press 1983
ISSN 0828-8321 
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