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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
Hey Nonny No!
Anonymous
 
HEY 1 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,        5
And turn upon the toe,
And sing hey nonny no!
When the winds blow and the seas flow?
Hey nonny no!
 
Note 1. This little, and perfect, snatch of sentiment was discovered by Mr. Bullen, who rescued it from the collection of early MS. music-books in the library of Christ Church, Oxford. In the MS. the lines are subscribed, “Mr. Gyles.” Nathaniel Giles was a chorister at Magdalen, and successively organist and master of the choristers at St. George’s, Windsor, and master of the Children of the Chapel Royal. He died 24 January, 1633, and was buried at Windsor. [back]
 
 
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