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Much Ado About Nothing

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BALTHASAR
(singing)
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,
And be you blithe and bonny,
Converting all your sounds of woe
Into Hey, nonny nonny.
Sing no more ditties, sing no mo
Of 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.
BALTHASAR
(singing)
Don’t cry anymore, ladies, don’t cry anymore
Men have always been deceivers,
One foot on a ship and one on the shore,
Never devoted to anything.
So don’t cry like that, just let them go
And be happy and carefree forever,
Turning all your sad sounds around
When you sing “Hey, nonny nonny” instead.
Don’t sing more sad songs
About being down in the dumps
For men have been committing this kind of fraud
Ever since the first summer trees had leaves.
So don’t cry like that, just let them go
And be happy and carefree forever,
Turning all your sad sounds around
When you sing “Hey, nonny nonny” instead.

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DON PEDRO
By my troth, a good song.
DON PEDRO
That’s a good song.

BALTHASAR
And an ill singer, my lord.
BALTHASAR
And a bad singer, my lord.

DON PEDRO
Ha, no, no, faith, thou sing’st well enough for a shift.
DON PEDRO
Ha! No, no, really, your voice is good enough in a pinch.



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BENEDICK
(aside) An he had been a dog that should have howled thus,
they would have hanged him. And I pray God his bad voice
bode no mischief. I had as lief have heard the night raven,
come what plague could have come after it.
BENEDICK
(to himself) If a dog had howled like that, I would have hung it. I hope his horrible singing doesn’t have any ill effects. I would’ve rather listened to the night raven screech, even if the bird’s noise does give me the plague, as they say it will.



DON PEDRO
Yea, marry, dost thou hear, Balthasar? I pray thee, get us
some excellent music, for tomorrow night we would have it
at the Lady Hero’s chamber window
DON PEDRO
Yes, do you hear me, Balthasar? Please, get some excellent music, because tomorrow we want to serenade Lady Hero at her bedroom window.

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