Blow, blow, thou winter wind (Huub de Lange)

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  • (Posted 2015-04-10)   CPDL #35031:  Icon_pdf_globe.gif Icon_mp3_globe.gif
Editor: Huub de Lange (submitted 2015-04-10).   Score information: A4, 6 pages   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Blow, blow thou winter wind
Composer: Huub de Lange
Lyricist: William Shakespeare, As You Like It, Act II Scene 7

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 2015

Description: #3 from Four Shakespeare Songs

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Original text and translations

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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 meere 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 friends remember'd not.

Heigh-ho! sing, (etc.)