Celebration Quotation – March 26, 2016

Today’s quote is from Cymbeline:

"Golden lads and girls all must, as chimney sweepers, come to dust." Cymbeline, Act IV, Scene 2

The quote is actually from a song, which we have included in next month’s Shakespeare Celebration production.  The lyrics are lovely:

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. 
Fear no more the frown o’ the great; 
Thou art past the tyrant’s stroke; 
Care no more to clothe and eat; 
To thee the reed is as the oak: 
The scepter, learning, physic, must 
All follow this, and come to dust. 
Fear no more the lightning flash, 
Nor the all-dreaded thunder stone; 
Fear not slander, censure rash; 
Thou hast finished joy and moan: 
All lovers young, all lovers must 
Consign to thee, and come to dust. 
No exorciser harm thee! 
Nor no witchcraft charm thee! 
Ghost unlaid forbear thee! 
Nothing ill come near thee! 
Quiet consummation have; 
And renownèd be thy grave!

The image is by British engraver/illustrator John Thurston (1774-1822). It was published in 1799.

Image Source: Folger Shakespeare Library Digital Image Collection