“Kill or Cure”


The singer, "a roving Irish boy," marries Kitty O'Shaughnessy. She gets sick. He makes a bargain with the doctor: "kill or cure for twenty pounds." She dies. The doctor wants his money but he didn't cure her, won't admit he killed her, and doesn't collect


  • Bodleian, Firth c.14(191), "Kill or Cure" or "Katty O'Shaughnessy", H. Such (London), 1849-1862; also Firth b.25(160), "Katty O'Shaughnessy" or "Kill or Cure"; Harding B 11(1988), "Kill or Cure"


  1. O'Conor, p. 40, "Kill or Cure" (1 text)
  2. BI, OCon040


Author: unknown
Earliest date: before 1863 (broadside, Bodleian Firth c.14(191))