amongst these you may cast in a couple or two of small single beagles, which as small trebles may warble amongst them: the cry will be a great deal more sweet."
With this quotation from the practical writer upon domestic affairs in mind, one realises how far from figurative are the allusions to the music of the hounds contained in this well known passage from A Midsummer-Night's Dream:
"Go, one of you, and find out the forester;
For now our observation is perform'd;
And since we have the vaward of the day,
My love shall hear the music of my hounds.
Uncouple in the western valley; let them go;
Dispatch. I say, and find the forester,
We will, fair queen, up to the mountain's top
And mark the musical confusion
Of sounds and echo in conjunction."
By means of the cry the stag was dislodged or roused. The hunt approached with a great clamour, the pack in full cry, the people shouting and singing "The hunt is up! The hunt is up!"
"The hunt is up, the morn is bright and grey,
The fields are fragrant and the woods are green."
"Some say the lark and loathed toad change eyes;
O, now I would they had changed voices too!
Since arm from arm that voice doth us affray,
Hunting thee hence, with hunts up to the day.
(Romeo and Juliet.