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Heigh Ho for a Husband There was a maid the other day Sighed sore, "God wot!" And then she said,"All wives might have their way But maidens they might not. Full eighteen years have passed," she said, "Since I, poor soul, was born. And if I chance to die a maid Apollo is foresworn." cho: Heigh-ho! for a husband Heigh-ho! for a husband, Still this was her song I will have a husband, have a husband Be he old or young. An ancient suitor to her came His beard was almost grey; Tho' he was old and she was young She would no longer stay. But to her mother went this maid And told her by and by, That she a husband needs must have And this was still her cry: "A wedded life, ah! well-a-day It is a hapless lot! Young maids may marry, be they gay Young wives, alas! may not. A twelve-month is too long to bear This sorry yoke," she said, "Since wives they may not have their will, 'Tis best to die a maid!" final chorus: Heigh-ho! with a husband, Heigh-ho! with a husband, What a life lead I! Out on a husband, such a husband, Fie, fie, fie, oh! fie." From Songs From Shakespeare's Plays, Kines Note: Mentioned in Shakespeare's Much Ado about Nothing, Act III Scenes 1 and 4. Tune from John Gamble's Manuscript Common Place Book. RG RG
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