There's Nae Luck about the House

Original Text: 
William Mickle, Poetical Works (London: for C. Cooke, 1806).
2    And are ye sure he's weel?
3Is this a time to think o' wark?
4    Mak haste, lay by your wheel;
5Is this the time to spin a thread
6    When Colin's at the door?
7Reach me my cloak, I'll to the quay
8    And see him come ashore.
9For there's nae luck about the house,
10    There's nae luck at a',
11There's little pleasure in the house
12    When our gudeman's awa.
14    My bishop's satin gown;
16    That Colin's come to town.
17My Turkey slippers maun gae on,
18    My stockings pearly blue;
19It's a' to pleasure my gudeman,
21For there's nae luck about the house,
22    There's nae luck at a',
24    When our gudeman's awa.
25Rise, lass, and mak a clean fire side,
27Gie little Kate her button gown,
28    And Jock his Sunday coat;
29And mak their shoon as black as slaes,
30    Their hose as white as snaw,
32    For he's been lang awa.
34    There's nae luck at a',
35There's little pleasure in the house
36    When our gudeman's awa.
37There's twa fat hens upo' the bauk,
38    Been fed this month and mair,
39Mak haste and thraw their necks about,
40    That Colin weel may fare;
42    Gar ilka thing look braw,
43For wha can tell how Colin fared
44    When he was far awa?
45Ah, there's nae luck about the house,
46    There's nae luck at a',
48    When our gudeman's awa.
49Sae true his heart, sae smooth his speech,
50    His breath like cauler air,
53    And will I see his face again,
54And will I hear him speak?
55    I'm downright dizzy wi' the thought,
56In troth I'm like to greet.
57For there's nae luck about the house,
58    There's nae luck at a',
59There's little pleasure in the house
60    When our gudeman's awa.
61If Colin's weel, and weel content,
62    I hae nae mair to crave--
63And gin I live to keep him sae,
64    I'm blest aboon the lave.
65And will I see his face again,
66    And will I hear him speak?
67I'm downright dizzy wi' the thought,
68    In troth I'm like to greet.
69For there's nae luck about the house,
70    There's nae luck at a',
71There's little pleasure in the house
72    When our gudeman's awa.

Notes

1] Often given the title of "The Mariner's Wife." Mickle's authorship has been disputed, but the weight of evidence seems in his favour. Back to Line
13] bigonet: bonnet. Back to Line
15] bailie: alderman. Back to Line
20] leel: loyal. Back to Line
23] muckle: large. Back to Line
26] slaes: sloes. Back to Line
31] bauk: crossbeam. Back to Line
33] thraw: twist. Back to Line
41] cauler: fresh. Back to Line
47] greet: weep. Back to Line
51] gin: if. Back to Line
52] lave: rest. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
1806
RPO poem Editors: 
N. J. Endicott
RPO Edition: 
2RP.1.761; RPO 1996-2000.
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