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The Glittering Dewdrops / The Echoing Horn

[ Roud 24897 ; trad.]

George Townshend sang The Echoing Horn (The Glittering Dewdrops) to Brian Matthews early in the 1960s and to Ken Stubbs in 1960 These recordings were included in 2000 on his Musical Traditions anthology Come, Hand to Me the Glass.

This was one of the first songs George learned from his father, and the first he sang in public, back on the 29th of September 1888, in The Jolly Sportsman. It's not a well-known song—Steve Roud's Folk Song Index has but three separate sightings. Inevitably, the Copper family sing it [no, their The Echoing Horn (Roud 878 has quite different verses], and it also turns up as song No 12 in the Holme Valley (Yorkshire) tradition's book of hunting songs.

Bob Lewis sang The Echoing Horn at the Fife Traditional Singing Festival, Collessie, Fife in May 2009. His recordings were included in the following year on his festival CD Drive Sorrows Away.

Lyrics

George Townshend sings The Echoing Horn (The Glittering Dewdrops)

The glittering dewdrops that spangles in the morn,
The glittering dewdrops that spangles in the morn,
Oh the bright shining dewdrops, oh the bright shining dewdrops
Oh the bright shining dewdrops, that spangles in the morn.

Chorus (after each verse):
Oh echo, bright echo, the echoing horn
Oh echo, bright echo, the echoing horn,
As she skim(s) through the dew on a bright smiling (summer's) morn,
We will follow the hounds with an echoing horn;
How sweet it is to follow the echoing horn.

All nature's so charming, so pleasant is the morn,
All nature's so charming, so pleasant is the morn
We will all join together, we will all join together,
We will all join together at the sound of the horn.

When Puss rose from cover, 'twas early in the morn,
When Puss rose from cover, 'twas early in the morn.
Oh how sweet it is to follow, oh how sweet it is to follow,
Oh how sweet it is to follow, at the sound of the horn.

Bob Lewis sings The Echoing Horn

The glittering dewdrops that spangles in the morn,
The glittering dewdrops that spangles in the morn;
Oh the bright shining dewdrops, oh the bright shining dewdrops,
The bright shining dewdrops that spangles in the morn.

Chorus (after each verse):
Oh echo, bright echo the echoing horn,
Oh echo, bright echo the echoing horn;
As she skims through the dew on a bright shiny morn,
How sweet it is to follow the echoing horn,
How sweet it is to follow the echoing horn.