Tuesday, September 18, 2012


Hey Nonny No!

Anonymous, in A.H. Bullen, ed., More Lyrics from the Song-Books of the Elizabethan Age (London: John C. Nimmo, 1888), pp. 45-46 ("from Christ Church MS. 1.5.49"):
Hey nonny no!
Men are fools that wish to die!
Is't not fine to dance and sing
When the bells of death do ring?
Is't not fine to swim in wine,
And turn upon the toe,
And sing hey nonny no,
When the winds blow and the seas flow?
Hey nonny no!

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