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A-Hunting We Will Go is a popular folk song and nursery rhyme.
The a- is an archaic intensifying prefix; compare Here We Come A-wassailing/Here We Come A-caroling and lyrics to The Twelve Days of Christmas (e.g., “Six geese a-laying”).
A-hunting we will go, a-hunting we will go
(Heigh-ho, the derry-o, a-hunting we will go
A-hunting we will go, a-hunting we will go)
We'll catch a fox and put him in a box
And then we'll let him go
Each consequent verse gets modified by putting in a different animal:
- "...a fish and put him on a dish..."
- "...a bear and cut his hair..."
- "...a pig and dance a little jig..."
- "...a giraffe and make him laugh..."
- "...a mouse and put him in a house..."