Song: “Orpheus with his lute made trees”

By William Shakespeare 1564–1616 William Shakespeare

(from Henry VIII)

Orpheus with his lute made trees, 
And the mountain tops that freeze, 
Bow themselves when he did sing:
To his music plants and flowers 
Ever sprung; as sun and showers 
There had made a lasting spring. 
Every thing that heard him play, 
Even the billows of the sea, 
Hung their heads, and then lay by. 
In sweet music is such art, 
Killing care and grief of heart 
Fall asleep, or hearing, die.

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Poet William Shakespeare 1564–1616

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Renaissance

Subjects Nature, Landscapes & Pastorals, Heroes & Patriotism, Music, Mythology & Folklore, Arts & Sciences, Greek & Roman Mythology

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While William Shakespeare's reputation is based primarily on his plays, he became famous first as a poet. With the partial exception of the Sonnets (1609), quarried since the early nineteenth century for autobiographical secrets allegedly encoded in them, the nondramatic writings have traditionally been pushed to the margins of the Shakespeare industry. Yet the study of his nondramatic poetry can illuminate Shakespeare's . . .

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SUBJECT Nature, Landscapes & Pastorals, Heroes & Patriotism, Music, Mythology & Folklore, Arts & Sciences, Greek & Roman Mythology

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Renaissance

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