Saturday, January 19, 2008

Blow, blow, thou Winter Wind



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 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.

from As You Like it, by William Shakespeare

photo from Argent's collection

1 comment:

amusings_bnl said...

beautiful coupling of the words and photo. i was looking for the text for a reading today at first night (we'll be performing in the snow...) and came across your blog.

happy new year.