Blow, blow, thou winter wind (George Alexander Macfarren)

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Title: Blow, blow, thouwinter wind
Composer: George Alexander Macfarren
Lyricist: William Shakespeare

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

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

First published: 1869 in Novello Part-Song Book (2nd Series), Volume 1, no. 55, p. 101

Description: Shakespeare Songs no. 7.

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

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.

Heighho, sing heighho unto the green holly,
Most friendship is feigning, most loving mere folly;
the heighho 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 re­ member'd not.

Heighho, sing heighho unto the green holly,
Most friendship is feigning, most loving mere folly;
the heighho the holly, this life is most jolly.