from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A song sung in connection with hunting, or a composition of similar character. The melody generally introduces effects like the winding of a bugle-horn.


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  • Through the window should come a hunting-song from some rapid unapprehended life — a sound that shouts among the hills and dies away.

    The Waves

  • Peasants and lords with plaids on their shoulders were singing a hunting-song together; then a captain suddenly came on, who evoked the spirit of evil by lifting both his arms to heaven.

    Madame Bovary

  • Country squires, when kept indoors by stress of bad weather, will experience much relief in a hunting-song, while young gentlemen of the town will perhaps prefer an old English derry-down.

    Primitive Psycho-Therapy and Quackery

  • Time has almost failed to preserve even the hunting-song beginning finely --

    Henry Fielding: a Memoir

  • As I rode, I hummed a jovial hunting-song and touched Toby with the spur, for I was quite jubilant at having got rid of Dick and so well on the road to my adventure.

    The Tory Maid

  • Loud talking, the coming and going of servants with trays, the crackle of wood fires in which whole logs were burning, and, as Nikky and his escort entered, the roaring chorus of a hunting-song filled the ears.

    Long Live the King!

  • He might be a rather entertaining sort of poet; telling a smoking-room story in blank verse or writing a hunting-song in the Spenserian stanza; giving a realistic analysis of infanticide in a series of triolets; or proving the truth of Immortality in a long string of limericks.

    The Victorian Age in Literature

  • Again resounded the echo of the shades, merry as a hunting-song in the wood which is sung by a happy throng of children: "Blessed be her memory!"

    Invisible Links

  • Keyork's eyes brightened suddenly, and a peal of laughter, deep and rich, broke from his sturdy breast and rolled long echoes through the dismal lane, musical as a hunting-song heard among great trees in winter.

    The Witch of Prague

  • Well, Ladies and Gentlemen, I'll sing you a good old-fashioned hunting-song, and I'll ask you to join me in the Chorus.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 103, October 15, 1892


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