Jeannie Bruenning Author

Hey nonny, nonny.


Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more,

Men were deceivers ever,

One foot in sea and one on shore,

To one thing constant never:

And be you blithe and bonny,

Converting all your sounds of woe

Into Hey nonny, nonny.

Sing no more ditties, sing no moe,

Of dumps so dull and heavy;

The fraud of men was ever so,

Since summer first was leavy;

Then sigh not so.

The Song from Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing

As far back as the 1500’s Shakespeare understood that man will disappoint, deceive and break his promises. Shakespeare’s advice: turn all your sounds of woe into Hey nonny, nonny.  I wonder if Shakespeare was familiar with Ecclesiastes or if this was just common sense?

Sign no more, stop the pity party, man is man and will always be. Take all your disappointment with man and being to sing a new song…Hey nonny, nonny.  So what does nonny mean? A silly fellow, a ninny.

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