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Broadside ballad entitled 'The Wife's Dream'



Now tell me, Mary, how is it that you can look so gay,      
When evening after evening your husband is away ?            
I'never see you sulk or pout. or say an angry word,            
And yet you've plenty of cause for tears if all be true I've

It is because, my sister dear, a husband you ne'er wed,      
Nor saw your children gathering round and asking you for
You ne'er can know how it becomes a woman's lot through
To be, even to a drunkard's faults, a patient loving wife.   

And yet I can recall the time when bitter tears I shed,
And when my husband stagger'd home, what angry words
I said,
I never thought that I could be as cheerful now I seem
Yet this happy change was brought about by a simple little

One evening as I sat beside our humble cottage door,
And listened for my husband s step. as oft I d done before,
Some wretched thoughts came in my mind. & bitterly I said,
I never wish to see him more, oh, would that he were dead.

They say the wretched cannot sleep, yet surely it is not so,
For very soon I fell asleep, 'mid tears of grief and woe.
I dream'd I had my wish fulfilled, my husband was no more,
I fell upon his lifeless form, and kiss'd him o'er and o'er.

Oh, Dermont, darling, speak to me. I meant not what I said
Oh speak one word unto your wife, say. say you are not dead,
And sure I am not my Mary dear, I woke up with a scream,
And found my husband standing by, his death was but a

And since that time, when'er I feel disposed to he unkind,
The warning of that fearful dream comes fresh before my
And tho' it costs me many a pang to know the life he leads,
I try to greet him with a smile, when oft my poor heart bleeds'

I'll humbly put my trust in God, & ask for strength to bear
The trials that he sends on earth for all of us to share;
And it by patience I can change my husband's wandering
I'll bless the hour that dream was sent to his neglected wife.

Printed and Sold by JAMES LINDSAY, Stationer, &c., 9 King Street,
(off Trongate.) Glasgow. Upwards of 5,000 different sorts always on
land. Also, a great Variety of Song-books, Picture-books, &c. Shops
and Travellers supplied on very moderate Terms.

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Probable date of publication: 1852-1859   shelfmark: L.C.Fol.178.A.2(042)
Broadside ballad entitled 'The Wife's Dream'
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