“The Courting Case”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1918 (Cecil Sharp collection)
Keywords: gambling courting dialog money rejection
Found in: US(Ap,MW,SE,So)


Man comes courting a woman. She reminds him that she told him never to return. He offers her his "very fine house," his "very fine farm," his "very fine horse," etc.; (she rejects them all because he is a gambler/drunkard/whatever).

Cross references



  1. Lomax-FSNA 104, "The Gambling Suitor" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Randolph 361, "The Courting Cage" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. BrownIII 3, "The Courting Cage" (2 texts)
  4. Chappell-FSRA 120, "The Drunkard's Courtship" (1 text)
  5. Hudson 52, pp. 167-169, "O Madam, I Have a Fine Little Horse" (2 texts plus mention of 1 more)
  6. Scarborough-SongCatcher, pp. 304-307, "Kind Sir" (2 texts, one, "The Courting Cage," coming from Randolph; 2 tunes on pp.436-437)
  7. SharpAp 177, "The Courting Case" (2 texts, 2 tunes)
  8. Gardner/Chickering 173, "The Wooing" (2 texts, the "A" text being this and "B" being probably "Wheel of Fortune (Dublin City, Spanish Lady)")
  9. Chase, pp. 146-147, "The Gambling Suitor" (1 text, 1 tune)
  10. Gilbert, pp. 76-77, "The Girl Who Never Would Wed" (1 text, in which the girl never gives in, but the verses place it here)
  11. Abrahams/Foss, pp. 118-119, "The Drunkard's Courtship" (1 text, 1 tune)
  13. Roud #361
  14. BI, R361