Twelfth Night

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 5 Scene 1

page Act 5 Scene 1 Page 18

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FOOL

(sings)
When that I was and a little tiny boy,
With hey, ho, the wind and the rain,
385 A foolish thing was but a toy,
For the rain it raineth every day.
But when I came to man’s estate,
With hey, ho, the wind and the rain,
'Gainst knaves and thieves men shut their gate,
390 For the rain it raineth every day.
But when I came, alas! to wive,
With hey, ho, the wind and the rain,
By swaggering could I never thrive,
For the rain it raineth every day.
395 But when I came unto my beds,
With hey, ho, the wind and the rain,
With toss-pots still had drunken heads,
For the rain it raineth every day.
A great while ago the world begun,
400 With hey, ho, the wind and the rain,
But that’s all one, our play is done,
And we’ll strive to please you every day.

FOOL

(he sings)
When I was a tiny little boy,
With, hey, ho, the wind and the rain,
A foolish thing didn’t matter much,
Because the rain it rains every day.
But when I became a man,
With, hey, ho, the wind and the rain,
People stopped talking to bad guys and thieves.
Because the rain it rains every day.
But when I got married, ah, too bad!
With, hey, ho, the wind and the rain,
It did me no good to boast and show off,
Because the rain, it rains every day.
But when I had to go to bed
With, hey, ho, the wind and the rain,
With idiots drunk out of their minds,
Because the rain it rains every day.
The world began a long time ago,
With, hey, ho, the wind and the rain,
But that doesn’t matter, our play is done,
And we’ll try to please you every day.
Exit
The FOOL exits.