Blow, blow, thou winter wind
"Blow, blow, thou winter wind,
Thou art not so unkind
As man's ingratitude;"
The good Duke Senior and his men have been banished to the
woods, and revel in the delights of nature as opposed to the
treachery of life in the court. While nature may be difficult and
harsh, it is never evil or deliberately cruel. Amiens sings this
song, which comes at the end of the same scene in which Jaques has
delivered his infamous "All The World's A Stage" soliloquy. Here,
Amiens compares Nature to Man, the latter unkind: "most friendship
is feigning, most loving is folly." Nature may produce freezing
weather, Amiens sings, but "that dost not bite so nigh as benefits
forgot: Though thou waters warp, they sting is not so sharp as
friend remember'd not."