Poetry Advent Calendar: 10th December

Today’s poetic treat is suggested by Mark Connors from Bibby Line Group Head Office in Liverpool. He was trying to find a ‘good Medieval Christmas poem’ – and this little extract from Shakespeare’s comic play As You Like It definitely fits the bill. Enjoy!

 

from As You Like It, Act 2, scene 7

 

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.

William Shakespeare

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