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Posted By: Jim Dixon
03-Nov-10 - 10:37 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Doctor's Daughter (Lonnie Donegan)
Subject: Lyr Add: THE DOCTOR'S DAUGHTER (1732)
Licette: If this isn't the right song, could you quote any lines or phrases from the song you want?

From The Hive: A Collection of the Most Celebrated Songs, Volume 4 (London: J. Walthoe, 1732), page 227:


In London town there liv'd, well known,
A doctor old and wary.
A daughter fair was all his care,
How to dispose and marry.
This daughter, she, as all agree,
Was wond'rous neat and pretty.
Ye parents dear, I pray draw near,
And listen unto my ditty.

The doctor bent with full intent,
A country 'squire shou'd have her;
For he had pence instead of sense,
Which gain'd this old man's favour.
The daughter she wou'd not agree.
This was no match for Kitty.
Ye maidens all, too apt to fall,
Come listen unto my ditty.

A neighb'ring spark, a lawyer's clerk,
This fair maid's heart obtain'd.
With love and truth, the gentle youth
All her affections gain'd.
The doctor he wou'd not agree.
Alas! and more the pity.
Ye lovers true, altho' but few,
Come listen unto my ditty.

The 'squire address'd, the doctor press'd,
But cou'd not bring her over.
She each defies, and both denies,
Nor will she lose her lover.
The lover flew, when this he knew,
And runs away with Kitty;
Thus soon, my love, I hope to prove
The fact of this my ditty.