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The Crafty Lover
Shoemaker (3rd ed., p. 295) has a full version of this song. His headnote reads: "Sung by the members of the Clinton County Fox-Hunt-Clubs, prior to 1847, as transcribed by J. H. Chatham, 1921."
"The Old Counselor." Recorded by Mrs. Henry from the singing of Mrs. Samuel Harmon, Cade's Cove, Tennessee, July, 1932.
1. There was an old counselor of whom I write; And he had one dear daughter;
Courted was she by lords and lides But none of them could gain her
2. Till a young sea-captain then did improve; He thought he?d safely gain her.
3. "My father is an old counselor Go, tell him your condition;
Ten guineas, love, will be your fee To keep you safe from danger."
4. He came to the old counselor And he fell down before him. He laid his complaint before him A-pleading for an heiress.
5. This old man, he did not know It was his own dear daughter. "She jump on a milk-white steed And you jump on behind her.
6. "And you complain that she stole you And that will divide the fury;
That is law I will maintain Before any judge or jury."
7.  She jumped on a milk-white steed And he jumped on behind her And they rode off to church Like a sister and brother.

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