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,
     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."