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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume III. Sorrow and Consolation.  1904.
 
III. Adversity
“Blow, blow, thou winter wind”
William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
 
From “As You Like It,” Act II. Sc. 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,
      Thou 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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