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194            TONE-POETRY OF ROBERT BURNS
No. 217. Husband, husband, cease your strife.
Tune : My jo, Janet Orpheus Caledonius, 1733, No. 36.
' 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,
Nancy, Nancy; Is it man or woman, say,
My spouse Nancy?'
' If 'tis still the lordly word,
Service and obedience, I'll desert my sov"reign lord,
And so good-bye, allegiance !' ' Sad will I be so bereft,
Nancy, Nancy; Yet I'll try to make a shift,
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.' ' 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,
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; Then all hell will fly for fear,
My spouse Nancy.'
No. 218. I never saw a fairer.
Tune : My wife's a wanton wee thing (see No. 220).
Chorus. She is a winsome wee thing, She is a handsome wee thing, She is a lo'esome wee thing, This sweet wee wife c' mine'






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