“The Penny Wager”

Alternate titles: “One Penny”; “Adventures of a Penny”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: before 1845 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 11(3387))
Keywords: wager travel gambling money landlord
Found in: Britain(England) Australia


A traveller with one penny in his pocket stakes his purse in a pub wager. He wins; when he asks the landlord's wife what he owes, she tells him to give her a kiss and go. (He rejoices that he has won the wager; otherwise he'd have had to sell his horse)




  1. Kennedy 280, "The Penny Wager" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. MacSeegTrav 115, "The Penny Wager" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Roud #393
  4. BI, McCST115