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Poem by Robert Burns


The Henpeckd Husband


CURSD be the man, the poorest wretch in life,
The crouching vassal to the tyrant wife!
Who has no will but by her high permission;
Who has not sixpence but in her possession;
Who must to her his dear friends secret tell;
Who dreads a curtain lecture worse than hell.
Were such the wife had fallen to my part,
Id break her spirit, or Id break her heart:
Id charm her with the magic of a switch,
Id kiss her maids, and kick the perverse bitch.

1784

Robert Burns


Robert Burns's other poems:
  1. Tibbie Dunbar
  2. O Bonnie Was Yon Rosy Brier
  3. Phillis the Fair
  4. O Leave Novels
  5. Heres his Health in Water!


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