Ungrateful Nanny/Ungrateful Nanny

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Did ever a swain a nymph adoie,
as I ungrateful Nanny did?
Was ever shepherd's heart so sore,
or ever broken heart so true?
My cheeks are swell'd with tears but she
Has never wet cheek for me.

If Nanny call’d, did e'er I stay,
or linger when she bid me run?
She only had the word to say
and all she wish'd was quickly done,
I always think on her but she
Does ne’er bestow a thought on me

To let her cows my clover taste,
have I got ros by break of day?
Did ever Nanny’s heifers fast,
if Robin in his barn bad hay?
Tho' to my fields they welcome were,
I ne'er was welcome yet to her.

If ever Nanny lost a sheep
I cheerfully did give her tow; And I her lambs did safely keep,
within my fold in frost and snow:
Have they not there from cold been free?
But Nanny still is cold to me.

When Nanny to the well did come,
twas I that did her pitchers fill;
Full as they were I brought them home;
her corn I carried to the mill;
My back did tear the sack but she
Can never bo r a sight of me.

To Nanny's poultry oats I gave,
I’m sure they always had the best;
Within this week h (illegible text)geons have
cut up, a peck (illegible text) pease at least.
Her little pigeons kiss, but she
Will never take a kiss from me.

Must Robin always Nanny woo,
and Nanny still on Robin frowns,
Alas! poor wretch! what shall I do,
if Nanny does not love me soon!
If no relief to me she'll bring,
I'll hang me in her ap on string.


This work was published before January 1, 1925, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.