Much Ado About Nothing

by: William Shakespeare

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Enter DON PEDRO, CLAUDIO, three or four LORDS with tapers, and musicians
DON PEDROand CLAUDIO enter with three or four LORDS carrying candles, and musicians.
Is this the monument of Leonato?
Is this the family tomb of Leonato?
It is, my lord.
It is, my lord.
(reading an epitaph)
Done to death by slanderous tongues
5Was 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.
(reading an epitaph)
Here lies Hero,
The heroic maiden killed by slanderous words.
To repay her for her troubles, Death
Gives her undying fame.
So the life that died with shame
Lives on with fame.
Hangs the scroll
(he hangs the scroll)
10Hang thou there upon the tomb,
Praising her when I am dumb.
Now, music, sound, and sing your solemn hymn.
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 utterèd,
Heavily, heavily.
This epitaph will hang here forever,
Continuing to praise Hero after I die.
Now start the music, and sing the solemn hymn.
Please pardon, goddess of the night,
These men now walk around her tomb,
Singing songs of woe.
Oh, midnight, join our moaning
Help us with our sighs and groaning
Heavily, heavily.
Graves, open up and release your corpses
Heavily, heavily.