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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
Fear No More
By William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
 
From ‘Cymbeline

FEAR no more the heat o’ the sun,
  Nor the furious winter’s rages;
Thou thy worldly task hast done,
  Home art gone, and ta’en thy wages:
Golden lads and lasses must,        5
  As chimney-sweepers, come to dust.
 
Fear no more the frown o’ the great,
  Thou art past the tyrant’s stroke;
Care no more to clothe, and eat;
  To thee the reed is as the oak:        10
The sceptre, learning, physic, must
All follow this, and come to dust.
 
Fear no more the lightning-flash,
  Nor th’ all-dreaded thunder-stone;
Fear not slander, censure rash;        15
  Thou hast finished joy and moan:
All lovers young, all lovers must
Consign to thee, and come to dust.
 
No exorciser harm thee!
Nor no witchcraft charm thee!        20
Ghost unlaid forbear thee!
Nothing ill come near thee!
Quiet consummation have;
And renownèd be thy grave!
 
 
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