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Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind
William Shakespeare


From As You Like It, Act II, Scene VII

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,
      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.

   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
      As friend remembered not.
Heigh-ho! sing, heigh-ho! unto the green holly...

This poem is in the public domain.


William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616) was an English poet and playwright whose work has arguably had more influence on the world--certainly the English-speaking part of it--than any other writer. Popular enough during his lifetime, William’s reputation and renown began to flourish in the 1800s and he is today considered one of the greatest writers of all times. While we don’t know how much of his work may have been lost over the centuries, nearly 40 plays, 154 sonnets, and a handful of other poems are currently identified as the work of "The Bard of Avon." His humor has withstood the test of time and virtually every great actor includes a Shakespearean monologue in his or her repertoire.





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Such a way with words!
Posted 12/25/2023 01:31 PM
Thanks for sharing this poem.
Posted 12/08/2023 11:04 AM
I love the "heigh-ho" as we sing to the wind.
Posted 12/08/2023 09:53 AM
Wilda Morris:
I had forgotten about this Shakespearean poem. Thanks for publishing it.
Posted 12/08/2023 08:06 AM

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