London Rover, The
DESCRIPTION: The singer rides his horse from London "to get myself a dame ... lasses I saw plenty ... I told them I'd be marry'd But I never told them when." He courted a maid and a rich widow promising to marry but never told them when. He rides back to London
EARLIEST DATE: before 1808 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 12(149))
KEYWORDS: courting marriage promise money horse rake lie
FOUND IN: Britain(England(South),Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (2 citations):
GreigDuncan7 1483, "I Never Taul Them When" (1 text)
Reeves-Circle 71, "I Ride My Little Horse" (1 text)
Bodleian, Harding B 12(149), "The London Rover" ("I took my little horse"), Burbage and Stretton (Nottingham), 1797-1807; also Harding B 28(257), Harding B 25(1135)[many illegible lines], Harding B 17(169b), Harding B 16(131a), 2806 c.17(233), "The London Rover"
I Mounted My Neddy
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