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."