“The Hog-tub”


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.


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

Cross references


  • Bodleian, Firth b.33(36), "The Hog-tub," unknown, n.d.


  1. Opie-Oxford2 298, "It's once I courted as pretty a lass" (1 fragment)
  2. Baring-Gould-MotherGoose #282, pp. 165-166, "(It's once I courted as pretty a lass)"
  3. Roud #1273
  4. BI, OO2298


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1846 (Halliwell, according to Opie-Oxford2)