The lure of the trail (Harvey Worthington Loomis)

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Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2024-02-11).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 391 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: The lure of the trail
Composer: Harvey Worthington Loomis
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1916 H. W. Gray Co.

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Original text and translations

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Whoe’er is fain to follow the fox
O’er the hill and the dale,
O! Thro’ purple heath, ’mid flame o’ the phlox,
Out in the open, skirting the rocks,
Come, don your jackets with snowy stocks
September is sweet on the gale!
Full mellow the horn, the horn!
Hold not its music in scorn.
With tanraran, tantaranta!
The hounds are free,
They scour the lea;
No wight sits prim by a hedge of box
Who senses the lure o’ the trail,
O! the lure o’ the trail!

They hold their youth that follow the fox
Whilst the morning is pale,
O! Slim shepherds loll in hodden-gray smocks;
Ramp o’ the steeds will scatter their flocks;
Nor brake nor bramble our coursing blocks
’Tis now that sly Reynard may quail!
To hearken the horn, the horn!
On Autumn’s breeze it is borne.
With tanraran, tantaranta!
So onward rush,
And win the brush!
No ear have they for the tune of clocks
Who yield to the lure o’ the trail,
O! the lure o’ the trail!