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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed. The Book of Elizabethan Verse. 1907.

Song of Woe

William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

From “Much Ado about Nothing,” Act V. Scene 3

PARDON, goddess of the night,

Those that slew thy virgin knight;

For the which, with songs of woe,

Round about her tomb they go.

Midnight, assist our moan;

Help us to sigh and groan,

Heavily, heavily:

Graves, yawn and yield your dead,

Till death be uttered

Heavily, heavily.