Treasure Island

William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

Fear No More


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 of 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 sceptre, learning, physic, must
All follow this, and come to dust.

Fear no more the lightning-flash,
Nor the all-dread 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 renowned be thy grave!

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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  • Krishnakumar Chandrasekar Nair (11/12/2013 2:42:00 AM)

    Fear no more when there is nothing to fear
    In the land we all have to eventually go
    And as time goes by it keeps getting near
    The gates of heaven are never kept closed......

    All ye poets reading this I welcome you to my page too for your valuable comments (Report) Reply

  • Fred Babbin (8/23/2010 3:28:00 PM)

    This is a eulogy, being addresssed to a corpse. Shakespeare is giving advice to no one. (Report) Reply

  • Louis Gonzalez (1/8/2010 10:22:00 AM)

    I believe the poem is also talking about how useless it is to fear the troubles of earth, because once death comes he'll take you away from those troubles. Worry no more, basicly. Death will set you free. (Report) Reply

  • Nooruddeen Mm (6/21/2009 2:30:00 PM)

    Don't fear
    Face every thing in your life with a smile
    The great Shakespeare inform us thru this poem

    Nooruddeen (Report) Reply

  • Ashish Dimri (4/23/2009 9:30:00 AM)

    Dear Poet Friends,
    Perhaps, Shakespeare want us to accept lows and downs of life with great equipoise. Kindly also read 'Longing for Shakespeare', a small tribute from this learner!
    warm regards,
    yours,
    ashish dimri (Report) Reply

  • Egal Bohen (2/27/2008 7:06:00 PM)

    Just as the reed is as the oak
    Shakespeare has clearly for us wrote
    To fear not death when it doth come
    Upon us, like the morning sun
    For death feared not, where e're it's flight
    Is death feared not throughout our life (Report) Reply

  • Sid John Gardner. (8/5/2007 2:35:00 AM)

    Nothing more certain than none of us are going to get out of this world alive.
    Nice one Bill,

    All the best Sid. (Report) Reply

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