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Bright Shining Morning / Bright Rosy Morning

[ Roud 21097 , 3211 ; Ballad Index WT058 ; trad.]

Swan Arcade (Dave and Heather Brady and Jim Boyes) sang Bright Shining Morning ( Roud 21097 ) in 1973 as first track of their first, eponymous LP Swan Arcade. They commented in the album's sleeve notes:

This song is from Popular Songs of Sussex, collected by Revd. John Broadwood and Lucy Broadwood, arranged by Birch-Reynardson. We have added one verse and unwittingly changed the words slightly.

Louis and Sally Killen sang Bright Shining Morning in 1975 as title track of their LP Bright Shining Morning. Louis Killen commented in the album's sleeve notes:

This fox-hunting song comes from Popular Songs of Sussex, collected by the Rev. John Broadwood and Lucy Broadwood. We “collected” it from a recording of the English folk group Swan Arcade, and with a verse they added. To them, many thanks!

The Holme Valley Tradition sang Bright Rosy Morning ( Roud 3211 ) in 1985 as the title track of their Hill & Dale album Bright Rosy Morning.

Danny Spooner sang The Bright Shining Morning in 2011 on his CD The Fox, The Hare and the Poacher's Fate.


Swan Arcade sing Bright Shining Morning

𝄆 The bright shining morning smiles over the hills
With blushes adorning the meadows and rills. 𝄇

Chorus (repeated after each verse):
𝄆 And the merry, merry, merry horn cries come, come away, 𝄇
𝄆 Awake from your slumbers and hail the new day. 𝄇

𝄆 The fox runs before us, he seems for to fly
And he pants to the chorus of the hounds in full cry. 𝄇

𝄆 When our day's work is ended, we home do retire
And we pull off our boots by the light of the fire. 𝄇

𝄆 Come, fill up your glasses, let the toast go around,
We'll drink to all hunters where e'er they're found. 𝄇


See also the Mudcat Café thread Origin: Bright Shining Morning.