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Broadside ballad entitled 'A Woman is the Torment of Man'
TORMENT of MAN.
You married men. I pray. come listen to my lay,
I will tell you the truth if I can ;
That a woman is the plague of a man.
and wash both the dishes and pan;
For a woman is the heartbreak of a man.
To keep his family decent if he can ;
Clashing and backbiting is her plan ; [at home,
Thus tortured is the man who is joined in wedlock's band,
Only see them when they're young, they speak with an
To trepan you they try all they can ; [angel's tongue,
But let the wedding past, and they think they have you fast,
Then their tongues go like a clapper, always clitter clatter.
They ara constant in the pet, if their way they do not get.
To the alehouse she will roam, leave her family at home,
When he comes from his work, she'll fly at him like a Turk,
And if you chance to speak, yonr head she's sure to break,
With a beetle or a ladle, she will pound you. while she 's able
And this is the comfort of a man.
If you get a drunken wife, she'll torment you through life,
And that you may all may understand.
O! this is the comfort of a man.
For drink I do declare, she will strip the house quite bare
Blankets, sheets. pot. and kettle, she will pawn ;
And this is the comfort of man.
Now, I think it is time for to conclude my rhyme,
And women. I would have you understand,
To add to the comfort of a man.
Then be kind to your wives, and you will lead happy lives,
And strive to make them happy through life;
For you all may understand that happy is the man,
Sold by JAMES LINDSAY, Printer and Wholesale
Stationer, &c., 9 King Street, (off Trongate, Glasgow.
Upwards of 5,000 sorts always on hand; also, a great
variety of Picture-Books, Song-Books, Histories,&c.
Shops and Hawkers supplied on Liberal Terms.
Probable period of publication:
1860-1890 shelfmark: L.C.Fol.70(3b)