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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.


Translation(s): DUT DUT FIN FIN FRE FRE FRE ITA

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Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:49
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Cessate, o donne, il vostro sospirare

Language: Italian (Italiano) after the English

Cessate, o donne, il vostro sospirare
ché l'uomo è sempre stato un mentitore
e tiene un piede sulla spiaggia e un altro in mare
e mai è costante verso un solo amore.
E quindi ogni rimpianto abbandonate,
vada via pure l'uomo, non ve ne curate,
restate sempre allegre e graziose,
mutando ogni vostro lamento
in grida liete e parole gioiose.

Cessate, o donne, ogni canzone triste
carica di rimpianto e di dolore;
la menzogna dell'uomo da sempre esiste
fin da quando inizia, primavera, a fiorire.
E quindi ogni rimpianto abbandonate,
vada via pure l'uomo, non ve ne curate,
restate sempre allegre e graziose,
mutando ogni vostro lamento
in grida liete e parole gioiose.


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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 FIN FIN FRE FRE FRE
      • 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: 2011-09-19.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:35
Line count: 18
Word count: 113