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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
Amiens’ Song
By William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
 
From “As You Like It,” Act II. Scene 7

            BLOW, blow thou winter wind,
            Thou art not so unkind
              As man’s ingratitude;
            Thy tooth is not so keen,
            Because thou art not seen,        5
              Although thy breath be rude.
Heigh ho! sing heigh ho! unto the green holly:
Most friendship is feigning, most loving mere folly:
            Then heigh ho, the holly:
            This life is most jolly.        10
 
            Freeze, freeze thou bitter sky,
            That dost not bite so nigh
              As benefits forgot:
            Though thou the waters warp,
            Thy sting is not so sharp        15
              As friend remembered not.
Heigh ho! sing heigh ho! unto the green holly:
Most friendship is feigning, most loving mere folly:
            Then heigh ho, the holly!
            This life is most jolly.        20
 
 
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