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A chase is an event involving the physical pursuit of a person or thing to be captured - usually called the "quarry". In hunting, the subject of the chase is the animal being hunted, if that animal runs and must be pursued (as opposed to being shot from a blind). The term is also used with respect to the pursuit of a human, most often when fleeing pursuit by authorities seeking to arrest or execute that person.


  • He thought at heart like courtly Chesterfield,
    Who, after a long chase o'er hills, dales, bushes,
    And what not, though he rode beyond all price,
    Ask'd next day, "if men ever hunted twice?"
  • Together let us beat this ample field,
    Try what the open, what the covert yield.
  • Proud Nimrod first the bloody chase began,
    A mighty hunter, and his prey was man.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 107-108.
  • They sought it with thimbles, they sought it with care;
    They pursued it with forks and hope;
    They threatened its life with a railway-share;
    They charmed it with smiles and soap.
  • The dusky night rides down the sky
    And ushers in the morn:
    The hounds all join in glorious cry,
    The huntsman winds his horn;
    And a-hunting we will go.
  • The woods were made for the hunter of dreams,
    The brooks for the fishers of song;
    To the hunters who hunt for the gunless game
    The streams and the woods belong.
    There are thoughts that moan from the soul of pine
    And thoughts in a flower bell curled;
    And the thoughts that are blown with scent of the fern
    Are as new and as old as the world.
  • Soon as Aurora drives away the night,
    And edges eastern clouds with rosy light,
    The healthy huntsman, with the cheerful horn,
    Summons the dogs, and greets the dappled morn.
    • John Gay, Rural Sports (1713), Canto II, line 93.
  • Love's torments made me seek the chase;
    Rifle in hand, I roam'd apace.
    Down from the tree, with hollow scoff,
    The raven cried: "Head-off! head off!"
  • Of horn and morn, and hark and bark,
    And echo's answering sounds,
    All poets' wit hath ever writ
    In dog-rel verse of hounds.
  • D'ye ken John Peel with his coat so gay?
    D'ye ken John Peel at the break of the day?
    D'ye ken John Peel when he's far, far away,
    With his hounds and his horn in the morning?
    • John Peel, Old Hunting Song. ("Coat so gray," said to be in the original).
  • It (hunting) was the labour of the savages of North America, but the amusement of the gentlemen of England.
  • With a hey, ho, chevy!
    Hark forward, hark forward, tantivy!
    Hark, hark, tantivy!
    This day a stag must die.
  • My hoarse-sounding horn
    Invites thee to the chase, the sport of kings.
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