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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
Song of Woe
By William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
From “Much Ado about Nothing,” Act V. Scene 3

PARDON, goddess of the night,
Those that slew thy virgin knight;
For the which, with songs of woe,
Round about her tomb they go.
  Midnight, assist our moan;        5
  Help us to sigh and groan,
      Heavily, heavily:
Graves, yawn and yield your dead,
  Till death be uttered
      Heavily, heavily.        10
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