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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
When That I Was and a Little Tiny Boy
By William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
 
From “Twelfth-Night,” Act V. Scene 1

WHEN that I was and a little tiny boy,
  With hey, ho, the wind and the rain;
A foolish thing was but a toy,
  For the rain it raineth every day.
 
But when I came to man’s estate,        5
  With hey, ho, the wind and the rain;
’Gainst knaves and thieves men shut their gate,
  For the rain it raineth every day.
 
But when I came, alas! to wive,
  With hey, ho, the wind and the rain;        10
By swaggering could I never thrive,
  For the rain it raineth every day.
 
But when I came unto my beds,
  With hey, ho, the wind and the rain;
With toss-pots still had drunken heads,        15
  For the rain it raineth every day.
 
A great while ago the world begun,
  With hey, ho, the wind and the rain;
But that’s all one, our play is done,
  And we’ll strive to please you every day.        20
 
 
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