Rutter’s setting of Amiens’ song from Act II, Scene VII of As You Like It, sung here by The Cambridge Singers. Enjoy :-).
Video Source: ▶ Rutter – Blow thou winter wind – The Cambridge Singers – YouTube Published on 16 Jan 2015 by margotlorena3
Text: As You Like It, Act II, Scene VII [Blow, blow, thou winter wind]
William Shakespeare, 1564 – 1616
(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 does 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 . . .