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Amiens’ Song

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,
Thou 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.

This work was published before January 1, 1924, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.