William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

Fear No More - Poem by William Shakespeare

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!

Comments about Fear No More by William Shakespeare

  • (4/5/2017 2:03:00 AM)

    Fear no more frown of the great.At his time, it must have been very very risky to pen down these words as there
    were many greats, wealthy and powerfully wealthy.Only a poet could utter, breaking open the rock wall and multiple
    psycho-social-cultural illusory strong walls and discerning the real truth.
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  • Akham Nilabirdhwaja Singh (1/13/2017 9:12:00 AM)

    Golden lads and girls all must
    As chimney sweepers come to dust.
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  • Indira Renganathan (11/16/2016 7:17:00 AM)

    Oh, what a pathos in the last stanza....ever a great poet- 10 (Report) Reply

  • Robert Murray Smith (8/4/2016 7:00:00 PM)

    Dust to dust be me. Of course, a magnification of magnifience. (Report) Reply

  • Vivek Kumar (4/26/2016 11:56:00 PM)

    it is very lovely and beautiful poem.... (Report) Reply

  • (4/23/2016 10:10:00 AM)

    ......quiet consummation, beautiful thought ★ (Report) Reply

  • Yiliasi King (3/23/2016 9:48:00 PM)

    A beautiful poem and a beautiful poet, really. (Report) Reply

  • (2/15/2016 2:25:00 PM)

    To be honest in my opinion I think this is to hard for me to understand (which some of you will probably agree) (Report) Reply

  • (2/15/2016 12:17:00 PM)

    Really good poem because it has a lot of action in it. (Report) Reply

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (1/4/2016 12:44:00 PM)

    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!
    (Report) Reply

  • Sriram Chintalacheruvu (11/21/2015 9:33:00 AM)

    i liked the poem. it was fantastic to me.the title makes me energetic (Report) Reply

  • Fabrizio Frosini (11/14/2015 6:39:00 AM)

    from www. geocities. ws:

    The first stanza contains an understatement in the phrase, ''Thou thy worldly task hast done.'' They do not specify the task the deceased has completed, but one could assume that they are speaking of his obligation to live. In line 4, the word wages is a connotation because it does not mean monetary pay. Instead, it means the hardships the deceased has endured, the lessons learned, and the wisdom gained from living a fitful life. The last two lines of the first stanza states that even the highest on the social ladders must all die and become dust.

    The second stanza begins much like the first stanza, giving the deceased some more examples of things they need not fear. The ending is much alike as well, reassuring them that the monarchs, intelligence, and doctors must all come together and die someday.

    The fourth stanza follows the pattern except it replaces the monarchs with lovers. Everyone must come and do as the deceased has done and come to dust. The last stanza is a wish that the two friends have for their deceased comrade. The exclamation points in the stanza make the two friends sound as if they are trying to ward off the evil spirits that exist in man’s mind. They are forbidding anything ill to come near their friend so that the deceased will have silent finality as well as reverence to the final resting place: the grave.
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  • Fabrizio Frosini (11/14/2015 4:38:00 AM)

    from www. geocities. ws:

    this poem is taken from ''Cymbeline'', where two friends take turns addressing a friend they believe to be dead. The audience is the friend who is believed to be dead. However, this poem is so flexible that without the above knowledge, the speaker and audience could easily be lovers. The purpose of the poem is to assure the deceased that no harm will come to him or her. The horrors and evils endured in life are now untouchable to them. They can now finally take a deep breath and rest. The speaker(s) name the various items that must have once been uncomfortable to the deceased one. The descriptions of nature, government, necessity, gossip, and the supernatural are all used.
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  • (8/28/2015 9:10:00 AM)

    I real love poems.......I'm on the way to lean how to compose sensitive poem like....FEAR NO MORE (Report) Reply

  • Joseph Dela Sulh (losembe) (7/2/2015 12:33:00 PM)

    Fear no more. Great poem from a great poet (Report) Reply

  • Thabani Khumalo (6/16/2015 9:03:00 AM)

    I have a vision to write like this, only if god would bless me enough to.r (Report) Reply

  • Thabani Khumalo (6/16/2015 9:03:00 AM)

    I have a vision to write like this, only if god would bless me enough to.q (Report) Reply

  • Godfrey Morris (4/30/2015 4:09:00 PM)

    I really love this poem. It calms my fears. (Report) Reply

  • (3/31/2015 11:20:00 PM)

    Though we live in caves but it does not matter ur heart is in dream land (Report) Reply

  • Pintu Mahakul (2/26/2015 6:33:00 PM)

    Very beautiful poem that brings courage within not to fear at all. There is no need to fear the heat of sun or the frightening of others on the way of life. For the great persons fear does not become the frown. Very wonderfully presented poem and deeply meaningful. Nothing ill come near thee! And renowned be thy grave! Dramatic presentation enriches each word. Great poet of the time with great work. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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