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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Songs and Their Settings
Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind
By William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
 
From ‘As You Like It

          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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