“The Lawyer Outwitted”


A squire's son loves a lawyer's daughter. He disguises himself to ask the lawyer's advice on how to get married against a father's wishes. The lawyer gives detailed advice, which the children follow. Presented with a fait accompli, he blesses the union

Same tune

  • I'll Love Thee More and More (per broadsides Bodleian Douce Ballads 3(14a), Bodleian Harding B 4(52))


  • Bodleian, Douce Ballads 3(14a), "The Crafty Lover" or "The Lawyer Outwitted," W. and C. Dicey (London), 1736-1763; also Harding B 4(52), "The Crafty Lover" or "The Lawyer-Out-Witted"


  1. Laws N26, "The Lawyer Outwitted"
  2. SharpAp 68, "The Councillor's Daughter" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Karpeles-Newfoundland 37, "The Councillor's Daughter" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Creighton-NovaScotia 24, "Rich Counsellor" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. BBI, ZN2078, "Of a rich Counsellor I write"
  6. DT 455, LAWYROUT
  7. Roud #188
  8. BI, LN26


Author: unknown
Earliest date: before 1764 (broadside, Bodleian Douce Ballads 3(14a))
Found in: US(Ap,MA,NE) Canada(Mar,Newf) Britain(England)