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Robert Burns (1759–1796).  Poems and Songs.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
439. Song—My Spouse Nancy
Tune—“My Jo Janet.”
“HUSBAND, husband, cease your strife,
  Nor longer idly rave, Sir;
Tho’ I am your wedded wife
  Yet I am not your slave, Sir.”
“One of two must still obey,        5
  Nancy, Nancy;
Is it Man or Woman, say,
  My spouse Nancy?’
“If ’tis still the lordly word,
  Service and obedience;        10
I’ll desert my sov’reign lord,
  And so, good bye, allegiance!”
“Sad shall I be, so bereft,
  Nancy, Nancy;
Yet I’ll try to make a shift,        15
  My spouse Nancy.”
“My poor heart, then break it must,
  My last hour I am near it:
When you lay me in the dust,
  Think how you will bear it.”        20
“I will hope and trust in Heaven,
  Nancy, Nancy;
Strength to bear it will be given,
  My spouse Nancy.”
“Well, Sir, from the silent dead,        25
  Still I’ll try to daunt you;
Ever round your midnight bed
  Horrid sprites shall haunt you!”
“I’ll wed another like my dear
  Nancy, Nancy;        30
Then all hell will fly for fear,
  My spouse Nancy.”


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