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Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more

Language: English

Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more,
Men were deceivers ever;
[ One foot in sea and one on shore;
To one thing constant never. ]1
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 more,
Of dumps so dull and heavy;
[ The fraud of men was ever so
Since summer first was leavy. ]1
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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1 Lines reversed in version set by Fisher

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:49

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Älkää siinä huokailko, arvoisat naiset!

Language: Finnish (Suomi) after the English

Älkää siinä huokailko, arvoisat naiset!
Miehethän ovat aina pettäneet,
toinen jalka merellä, ja toinen rannalla;
eivät ne koskaan ole uskollisia millekään.
Älkää huokailko, antakaa niiden mennä
ja olkaa hilpeitä ja iloisia,
älkää enää voivotelko, vaan
laulakaa "Hey nonny, nonny."

Älkää enää laulako
tylsistä ja vaikeista ikävistä asioista!
Semmoista se miesten petollisuus on aina ollut,
eihän kesäkään kestä ikuisesti.
Älkää huokailko... 

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  • Translation from English to Finnish (Suomi) copyright © 2010 by Erkki Pullinen, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you must ask the copyright-holder(s) directly for permission. If you receive no response, you must consider it a refusal.

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Based on
  • a text in English by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616), no title, appears in Much Ado About Nothing, Act II, Scene 3 DUT DUT FRE FRE ITA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): David Werner Amram, Thomas Augustine Arne, Joseph W. Baber, Gary Bachlund, Geoffrey Bush, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, George Whitefield Chadwick, Eric Coates, Edward Dearle, Emma Lou Diemer, William Arms Fisher, Stanley Fletcher, Arthur Foote, John Linton Gardner, Mervyn, Lord Horder, the Second Baron of Ashford, John Jeffreys, J. Frederick Keel, Kenneth Leighton, Ernest John Moeran, Mary Plumstead, Roger Quilter, Betty Roe, Andrew Schneider, Donna Gartman Schultz, Cyril Meir Scott, Arthur Sullivan, Sir, Virgil Garnett Thomson, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Peter Warlock. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2010-01-15 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:30

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