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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. I. Early Poetry: Chaucer to Donne
 
Songs from Plays: Sigh No More, Ladies (from Much Ado about Nothing)
By William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
 
SIGH no more, ladies, sigh no more,
  Men were deceivers ever,
One foot in sea and one on shore,
  To one thing constant never:
Then sigh not so, but let them go,        5
  And be you blithe and bonny,
Converting all your sounds of woe
  Into Hey nonny, nonny.
 
Sing no more ditties, sing no moe,
  Of dumps so dull and heavy;        10
The fraud of men was ever so,
  Since summer first was leafy:
Then sigh not so, but let them go,
  And be you blithe and bonny,
Converting all your sounds of woe        15
  Into Hey nonny, nonny.
 
 
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