Posted by: Tom Triumph | August 2, 2010

103. Hey, Nonny, Nonny: William Shakespeare

The previous post of Shepard Tonie’s “Colin” uses the phrase “nonny”, of which I talk a bit about. This is from Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” (Act II, Scene 3). It is more popular and also more appropriate for middle school students.

Hey, Nonny, Nonny
William Shakespeare

Sigh no more, ladies, sigh nor 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,
And be you blithe and bonny;
Converting all your sounds of woe
Into. Hey nonny, nonny.

Sing no more ditties, sing no mo,
Or dumps so dull and heavy;
The fraud of men was ever so,
Since summer first was leavy.
Then sigh not so,
But let them go,
And be you blithe and bonny,
Converting all your sounds of woe
Into. Hey, nonny, nonny.

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