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   English Poetry I: From Chaucer to Gray.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
103. Amiens’ Song
 
William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
 
 
      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 remember’d 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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