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I hae a wife o my ain

I Hae a wife o' my ain, I'll partake wi' naebody; I'll tak Cuckold frae nane, I'll gie Cuckold to naebody. I hae a penny to spend, There, thanks to naebody; I hae naething to lend, I'll borrow frae naebody. I am naebody's lord, I'll be slave to naebody; I hae a gude braid sword, I'll tak dunts frae naebody. I'll be merry and free, I'll be sad for naebody; Naebody cares for me, I care for naebody.


Alex Norton
John Bett

About this work

This is a song by Robert Burns. It was written in 1788 and is read here by Alex Norton.

Themes for this song

marriage cuckoldry life

Selected for 16 December

There is some doubt as to whether yesterday’s poem, "O Whistle, and I'll come to ye, my lad", referred to Burns's wife or to another Jean. Today's selection is certainly about A wife but it may be a stereotypical spouse, "married" by the bachelor Bard for cheap and chortlesome comic effect.

Donny O'Rourke

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