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Fear no more the heat o’ the sun

Sunday, 28 July, 2013

Today, we’re being threatened with temperatures in the region of 40°C. Time to think cool thoughts of the past winter, when snow was general. Time, too, to think of Cymbeline by William Shakespeare, which is based on legends of the early Celtic King Cunobelinus. The most famous verse in the play is the funeral song of Act IV, Scene 2, which begins:

“Fear no more the heat o’ the sun,
Nor the furious winter’s rages;
Thou thy worldly task hast done,
Home art gone, and ta’en thy wages:
Golden lads and girls all must,
As chimney-sweepers, come to dust.”

Winter

By the way, “Fear no more the heat of the sun” is the line that Winnie and her husband are trying to remember in Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days as they sit exposed to the weather.


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