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Blow, blow thou winter wind

Language: English

Blow, blow thou winter wind,
Thou art not so unkind
As [man's]1 ingratitude;
Thy tooth is not so keen
[Because]2 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.]3

Freeze, freeze thou [bitter]4 sky,
[Thou dost]5 not bite so [nigh]6
As benefits forgot:
Though thou the waters warp,
Thy sting is not so sharp
As [friend]7 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.]3


Translation(s): FIN FRE FRE GER GER GER ITA ITA SWE

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Note: In Steele's score, "Heigh" is spelled "Hey"
1 Arne: "men's"
2 Parry: "Although"
3 not set by Arne.
4 Fortner: "winter"
5 Clearfield, Holman: "That does"
6 Korngold: "high"
7 Clearfield: "a friend"; Steele: "friends"

Submitted by Ted Perry

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Other available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Paavo Cajander)
  • FRE French (Français) (François Pierre Guillaume Guizot)
  • GER German (Deutsch) [singable] (David Paley) , "Stürm, stürm du Winterwind!", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Soffia, soffia vento invernale", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Paolo Montanari) , "Soffia, soffia, vento d'inverno", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Riehu, talvi, ja myrsky, soi

Language: Finnish (Suomi) after the English

Riehu, talvi, ja myrsky, soi, 
Niin kylm' et olla voi 
Kuin kiittämättömyys; 
Sun tuima viimas niin 
Ei vihlo ytimiin 
Kuin viekas ystävyys. 
Hei, laula, heleijaa, 
kun tuuli se heijaa, 
Vaikk' unta on lempi 
ja ystävät peijaa! 
Hei, tuuli se heijaa, 
Hei, laula, heleijaa!

Pure, pure, sa pakkassää, 
Niin siit' ei haavaa jää,
Kuin ystävä jos lyö; 
On iskus lievemmät, 
Sun viimas jäätävät 
Niin sydäntä ei syö. 
Hei, laula, heleijaa, 
kun tuuli se heijaa, 
Vaikk' unta on lempi 
ja ystävät peijaa! 
Hei, tuuli se heijaa, 
Hei, laula, heleijaa!


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Based on
  • a text in English by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616), no title, appears in As You Like It, Act II, Scene 7 FRE GER GER ITA ITA FRE GER SWE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Thomas Augustine Arne, Joseph W. Baber, Frank Bridge, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Andrea Clearfield, Louis Crerar, Emma Lou Diemer, Madeleine Dring, Wolfgang Fortner, Steven R. Gerber, Juliana Hall, Derek Holman, Mervyn, Lord Horder, the Second Baron of Ashford, Sven Eric Emanuel Johanson, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Charles Hubert Hastings Parry, Sir, Roger Quilter, John Rutter, CBE, Andrew Schneider, David Sisco, Douglas Steele, Michael John Trotta. Go to the text.

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Text added to the website: 2009-10-28.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:26
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