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POEMS OF ADVENTURE AND RURAL SPORTS.

CHEWY_CHASE.

(Percy, Earl of Northumberland, had vowed to hunt for three

days in the Scottish border, without condescending to ask leave from Earl Douglas, who was either lord of the soil or lord warden of the Marches. This provoked the conflict which was celebrated in the old ballad of the “Hunting a the Cheviot.” The circumstances of the battle of Otterlourne (A. D. 1388) are woven into the ballad and the affairs of the two events confounded. The ballad preserved in the Percy Reliques is probably as old as 1574. The one following is a modernized form of the time of Jalues I.]

God prosper long our noble king,

Our lives and safeties all;
A woful hunting once there did

In Chevy-Chase befall.

To drive the deer with hound and horn
Earl Percy took his way;

The child may rue that is unborn
The hunting of that day.

The stout Earl of Northumberland
A vow to God did make,

His pleasure in the Scottish woods
Three summer days to take, –

The chiefest harts in Chevy-Chase
To kill and bear away.

These tidings to Earl Douglas came,
In Scotland where he lay;

Who sent Earl Percy present word
He would prevent his sport.

The English earl, not fearing that,
Did to the woods resort,

With fifteen hundred bowmen bold,
All chosen men of might,

Who knew full well in time of need
To aim their shafts aright.

The gallant greyhounds swiftly ran
To chase the fallow deer;

On Monday they began to hunt
When daylight did appear;

And long before high noon they had
A hundred fat bucks slain ;

Then, having dined, the drovers went
To rouse the deer again.

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