Thursday, January 14, 2010

On This Day....The All Souls Mallard Song



Supposedly, in 1437 when All Souls College in Oxford was being built, a mallard had become trapped in a drain, the mallard was of such 'swapping' size (striking / magnificent) that the good fellows made up a song about it and instituted an annual duck hunt complete with a Lord Mallard carrying a dead duck hung from a pole. The whole thing sounds as if Terry Pratchett (in the photo) made it up for one of the Discworld novels.

The Griffine, Bustard, Turkey & Capon
Lett other hungry Mortalls gape on
And on theire bones with Stomacks fall hard,
But lett All Souls' Men have ye Mallard.

CHORUS:
Hough the bloud of King Edward,
By ye bloud of King Edward,
It was a swapping, swapping mallard!
Some storys strange are told I trow
By Baker, Holinshead & Stow
Of Cocks & Bulls, & other queire things
That happen'd in ye Reignes of theire Kings.

CHORUS

The Romans once admir'd a gander
More than they did theire best Commander,
Because hee saved, if some don't foolle us,
The place named from ye Scull of Tolus.

CHORUS

The Poets fain'd Jove turn'd a Swan,
But lett them prove it if they can.
To mak't appeare it's not att all hard:
Hee was a swapping, swapping mallard.

CHORUS

Hee was swapping all from bill to eye,
Hee was swapping all from wing to thigh;
His swapping tool of generation
Oute swapped all ye wingged Nation.

CHORUS

Then lett us drink and dance a Galliard
in ye Remembrance of ye Mallard,
And as ye Mallard doth in Poole,
Lett's dabble, dive & duck in Boule.

CHORUS

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