Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

My Spouse Nancy

Scottish Song By Robert Burns

My Spouse Nancy is a Scottish song written by Robert Burns in 1793 for Thomson's collection and sung to the tune My Jo Janet.

There is also a Scottish country dance called My Spouse Nancy.


My Spouse Nancy By Robert Burns

Husband, husband, cease your strife,
Nor longer idly rave, sir;
Though I am your wedded wife,
Yet I'm not your slave, sir.
One of two must still obey,
Nancie, Nancie;
Is it man or woman, say,
My spouse Nancie?

If 'tis still the lordly word,
Service and obedience;
I'll desert my sovereign lord,
And so good-bye allegiance!
Sad will I be so bereft,
Nancie, Nancie;
Yet I'll try to make a shift,
My spouse Nancie.

My poor heart then break it must,
My last hour I'm near it;
When you lay me in the dust,
Think - think how you will bear it.
I will hope and trust in Heaven,
Nancie, Nancie,
Strength to bear it will be given,
My spouse Nancie.

Well, sir, from the silent dead,
Still I'll try to daunt you,
Ever round your midnight bed
Horrid spirites shall haunt you.
I'll wed another like my dear
Nancie, Nancie;
Then all hell will fly for fear,
My spouse Nancie!


My Spouse Nancy Song Video

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Robert Burns Painting Image
Robert Burns Detail
"Portrait Of Burns" Alexander Nasmyth (1758–1840), c. 1787


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