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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
 
Blow, Blow, thou Winter Wind
By William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
 
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I.
  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
 
II.
  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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