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William Shakespeare (1564–1616).  The Oxford Shakespeare.  1914.
 
Much Ado about Nothing
 
Act V. Scene III.
 
The Inside of a Church.
 
Enter DON PEDRO, CLAUDIO, and Attendants, with music and tapers.
  Claud.  Is this the monument of Leonato?
  A Lord.  It is, my lord.
  Claud.  [Reads from a scroll.]
Done to death by slanderous tongues
  Was the Hero that here lies:
Death, in guerdon of her wrongs,
  Gives her fame which never dies.
So the life that died with shame
Lives in death with glorious fame.
        5
  Hang thou there upon the tomb,
  Praising her when I am dumb.
Now, music, sound, and sing your solemn hymn.
SONG.
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.
  Claud.  Now, unto thy bones good night!        10
Yearly will I do this rite.
  D. Pedro.  Good morrow, masters: put your torches out.
  The wolves have prey’d; and look, the gentle day,
Before the wheels of Phœbus, round about
  Dapples the drowsy east with spots of grey.        15
Thanks to you all, and leave us: fare you well.
  Claud.  Good morrow, masters: each his several way.
  D. Pedro.  Come, let us hence, and put on other weeds;
  And then to Leonato’s we will go.
  Claud.  And Hymen now with luckier issue speed’s,        20
Than this for whom we render’d up this woe!  [Exeunt.
 
 
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