Saturday, November 22, 2008

The Forsyte Saga

From The Forsyte Saga - PBS: Old Jolyon's eulogy -- At his father's funeral, young Jolyon recites the following lines from Shakespeare's Cymbeline, Sc. 2, Act 4:

Fear no more the heat of the sun,
Nor the furious winter's rages;
Thou thy worldly task hast done,
Home art gone, and taken 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-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.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Thanks for posting this. It is so bitter and sad and irrevocable, yet strangely comforting.