Thursday, January 9, 2014

When Poetry and Music Kiss,

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 remembered 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.

~ Wm. Shakespeare
As You Like It, Act II, scene vii

Here is this lovely text, set to music by John Rutter. It is as haunting as you'd expect from Rutter.

2 comments:

  1. Nice! I listened to this at school. I like your poetry posts.

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  2. I'm also very happy you're posting some poetry - looking forward to every instance. This one is lovely...

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Hello! I hope you leave a word ~ I will get back to it as soon as I can!