Robert Burns

Here you will find the Poem My Spouse Nancy of poet Robert Burns

My Spouse Nancy

'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 shall 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.'