by Anonymous / Unidentified Author

My wife shall ha'e her will
Language: Scottish (Scots) 
If my dear wife should chance to gang,
⁠Wi' me, to Edinburgh toun,
Into a shop I will her tak',
⁠And buy her a new goun.
But if my dear wife should hain the charge
⁠As I expect she will,
And if she says, The auld will do,
⁠By my word she shall ha'e her will.

If my dear wife should wish to gang,
⁠To see a neebor or friend,
A horse or a chair I will provide,
⁠And a servant to attend.
But if my dear wife shall hain the charge,
⁠As I expect she will,
And if she says, I'll walk on foot,
⁠By my word she shall lia'c her will.

If my dear wife shall bring me a son,
⁠As I expect she will,
Cake and wine I will provide,
⁠And a nurse to nurse the child.
But if my dear wife shall hain the charge,
⁠As I expect she will,
And if she says, She'll nurs't hersel',
⁠By my word she shall ha'e her will.

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This text was added to the website: 2018-11-21
Line count: 24
Word count: 169