"A-hunting we will go!"

A-hunting we will go! is a popular British song written by Thomas Arne (1710-1778) in 1777 for The Beggar's Opera, an iconic Augustan drama directed by John Gay (1685-1732).  It was sung originally by Margaret Kennedy in her role as the famous highwayman Macheath.  The simple rhyme, tune and lyrics have since made it a popular children's song.