DESCRIPTION: Singer is invited home by his "pretty young lass." She pushes him in the hog-tub and, had not a friend come by to save him, he would have drowned. He takes his love to a dance. He defends kissing: if bad it would not have approval of parsons and ladies.
EARLIEST DATE: 1846 (Halliwell)
KEYWORDS: courting rejection rescue dancing Bible humorous
FOUND IN: Britain(England(South))
REFERENCES (4 citations):
Williams-Thames, pp. 177-178, "She Bundled Me Into the Hog-tub" (1 text) (also Wiltshire-WSRO Wt 375)
Opie-Oxford2 298, "It's once I courted as pretty a lass" (1 fragment)
Baring-Gould-MotherGoose #282, pp. 165-166, "(It's once I courted as pretty a lass)"
ADDITIONAL: James Orchard Halliwell, The Book of Nursery Rhymes Complete (Philadelphia, 1846 ("Digitized by Google")), #116 p. 79, ("It's once I courted as pretty a lass") (1 text)
Bodleian, Firth b.33(36), "The Hog-tub," unknown, n.d.
cf. "Kissing's No Sin (I)" (theme, lyrics)
NOTES: Opie-Oxford2 298, "It's once I courted as pretty a lass" has only the first verse. The description is from broadside Bodleian Firth b.33(36). - BS
There is a very complicated situation here, with "The Hog-Tub" sharing lyrics with "Kissing's No Sin (I)," which shares them with "The Mautman." I have no idea how these strands are to be disentangled. For more, see the notes to "Kissing's No Sin (I)." - RBW
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