It’s raining outside. It’s windy. It’s blowing a gale. Now really is the winter of our discontent! The cold may get you down, but nobody puts the winter blues into words quite like William Shakespeare.
Winter in general
I, that did never weep, now melt with woe
That winter should cut off our spring-time so.
Henry VI pt iii
For never-resting time leads summer on
To hideous winter and confounds him there;
Sap cheque’d with frost and lusty leaves quite gone,
Beauty o’ersnow’d and bareness every where.
Thou knowest, winter tames man, woman, and beast.
The Taming of the Shrew
Winter, which, being full of care, makes summer’s welcome thrice more wished, more rare.
What freezings I have felt, what dark days seen,
What old December’s bareness everywhere!
The rain it raineth every day
Blow, blow thou winter wind,
Thou are not so unkind as man’s ingratitude
As You Like It
Blow wind, swell billow, and swim bark!
The storm is up, and all is on the hazard.
Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks! rage! blow!
You cataracts and hurricanoes, spout
Till you have drench’d our steeples.
I have seen tempests, when the scolding winds
Have riv’d the knotty oaks, and I have seen
The ambitious ocean swell and rage and foam,
To be exalted with the threat’ning clouds
But never till to-night, never till now,
Did I go through a tempest dropping fire.
When clouds appear, wise men put on their cloaks;
When great leaves fall, then winter is at hand;
When the sun sets, who doth not look for night?
Untimely storms make men expect a dearth.
A little snow, tumbled about, anon becomes a mountain.
Thou rather with thy sharp and sulphurous bolt
Split’st the unwedgeable and gnarled oak
Than the soft myrtle.
Measure for Measure
Swift as a shadow, short as any dream;
Brief as the lightning in the collied night,
That in a spleen, unfolds both heaven and earth,
And ere a man hath power to say “Behold”
The jaws of darkness do devour it up.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
And on keeping warm…
In winter with warm tears I’ll melt the snow
And keep eternal spring-time on thy face.