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Where can I find the poem named "Blow Blow" written by William Shakespeare ?

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d-o-d-o | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 7, 2009 at 10:05 PM via web

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Where can I find the poem named "Blow Blow" written by William Shakespeare ?

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playsthething | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

Posted January 7, 2009 at 11:17 PM (Answer #1)

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The poem is from the play, "As You Like It".   It is a song in Act II, scene 7.  Amiens sings that man and nature have a great deal in common, but nature is not as cruel.  There are many beautiful settings of this poem by a variety of composers; my personal favorite is by John Rutter, a contemporary English composer.

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parkerlee | Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted January 7, 2009 at 10:25 PM (Answer #2)

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Here:

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,
Thou 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

As Shakespeare dates back to the 1600s, there is no copyright on his works, so they can be found on line at 'project gutenberg'  and many other sites. Three are listed below.

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