quotes, notes, timelines & more

Home » Shakespeare's Works » Elements » Themes » Seasons

Seasons

Seasons, Elements and Humors

Read the Note

The four seasons, the four elements and the four humors were all related. The four seasons spring, summer, autumn and winter paralleled the four humors blood/sanguine, yellow bile/choleric, phlegm/phlegmatic and black bile/melancholic, which in turn paralleled the four elements air, fire, water and earth. Good health and good disposition of character or personality were believed to be a matter of keeping one’s humors in proper balance.
… continue reading this note

Such comfort as do lusty young men feel

Read the Quote

Such comfort as do lusty young men feel
When well-apparell’d April on the heel
Of limping winter treads, even such delight
Among fresh fennel buds shall you this night
Inherit at my house; hear all, all see;
And like her most whose merit most shall be.
… continue reading this quote

Source:
Act 1
Scene 2
Line 26

Source Type:

Spoken by:

Themes:

And thorough this distemperature

Read the Quote

And thorough this distemperature, we see
The seasons alter: hoary-headed frosts
Fall in the fresh lap of the crimson rose,
And on old Hiems’ thin and icy crown
An odorous chaplet of sweet summer buds
Is, as in mockery, set; the spring, the summer,
The childing autumn, angry winter, change
Their wonted liveries; and the mazed world,
By their increase,
… continue reading this quote

Source:
Act 2
Scene 1

Source Type:

Spoken by:

Themes:
,

Gentle madam, You never had a servant

Read the Quote

Widow
Gentle madam,
You never had a servant to whose trust
Your business was more welcome.

But with the word the time will bring on summer,
When briers shall have leaves as well as thorns,
And be as sweet as sharp.

Helen
Nor you, mistress,
Ever a friend whose thoughts more truly labor
To recompense your love.
… continue reading this quote

Source:
Act 4
Scene 4
Line 15

Source Type:

Spoken by:
, ,

Themes:
,

Figures of Speech:
,