Fear No More the Heat o' the Sun

Original Text: 
William Shakespeare, "Cymbeline," Mr. William Shakespeares comedies, tragedies, & tragedies (London: Isaac Jaggard and Ed. Blount, 1623): 389 (Act V, scene 2). STC 22273. Facs. edn.: Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1902. F-10 356 Fisher Rare Book Library (Toronto). New York: Norton, 1968. PR 2751 A15 1968 Robarts Library
2    Nor the furious Winters rages,
3Thou thy worldly task hast don,
5        Golden Lads, and Girles all must,
6        As Chimney-Sweepers come to dust.
7ARVIRAGUS. Feare no more the frowne o' th' Great,
8    Thou art past the Tirants stroake,
9Care no more to cloath and eate,
10    To thee the Reede is as the Oake:
11        The Scepter, Learning, Physicke must,
12        All follow this and come to dust.
13GUIDERIUS. Feare no more the Lightning flash.
15GUIDERIUS. Feare not Slander, Censure rash.
16    ARVIRAGUS. Thou hast finish'd Ioy and mone.
17        BOTH. All Louers young all Louers must,
19GUIDERIUS. No Exorcisor harme thee,
20    ARVIRAGUS. Nor no witch-craft charme thee.
21GUIDERIUS. Ghost vnlaid forbeare thee.
22    ARVIRAGUS. Nothing ill come neere thee.
23        BOTH. Quiet consumation haue,
24        And renowned be thy graue.


1] A dirge for Fidele (Imogen in disguise, supposedly dead). Back to Line
4] tane: taken. Back to Line
14] thunderstone: thunderbolt. Back to Line
18] Consigne: properly, set one's seal to, hence, make a bargain with. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
N. J. Endicott
RPO Edition: 
2RP.1.232; re-edited RPO 1996-2000.