Hey, Nonny, Hey

The practice of family law has left me with a healthy respect for what Shakespeare meant with this passage from Much Ado About Nothing:

Sigh no more, ladies, sigh nor more;

Men were deceivers ever;1700-fashion-painting-men-580x457

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,

Tate; (c) Tate; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation
Tate; (c) Tate; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

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.

William Shakespeare


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