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January 30, 2017

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While you are sipping your coffee this morning and looking out the window at the howling winter wind, consider for a moment this poem for a cold winter’s day.

[Blow, blow, thou winter wind]

As You Like It, Act II, Scene VII

Lord Amiens, a musician, sings before Duke Senior’s company.

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…

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