Darling Buds Of May



This is not a poetry reading, but a wonderful song by Bryan Ferry using the words of Shakespeare.  Something I remember from the 80’s.  I posted this video on here back in November when I first started this blog, I didn’t have many visitors then.  I think I got two likes for the post!!  As we are still in May and all the blossom is bursting out, I thought it would be an appropriate moment for a repost.  I hope you enjoy those familiar words in the form of a song!




Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date;
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm’d;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature’s changing course, untrimm’d;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest;
Nor shall death brag thou wander’st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou growest:
So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.




shakespeare_acting_haBy Shakespeare – of course!



.To see this at it’s best watch it in full screen.  Feel free to float away on summer dreams!!




PictureThis gives life to thee



23 thoughts on “Darling Buds Of May

  1. The most giant and sincere hugs and smiles to you my friend. I hope you’ve been well. You and I both just posted roses and Shakespeare.
    I hope the world you see today is one of beauty and kindness.

    1. How bizarre is that Benjamin! Roses and Shakespeare – I think they go well together! 🙂 I’ve had quite a few coincidences with other bloggers over the months too. Perhaps we all share our inspirational thoughts on posts in the invisible world! 😀

    1. Yes Bryan Ferry! 🙂 And I just realised I’ve spelt his name wrong in the post – I’ll have to correct that!! And you’ve never heard it? That was a lucky repost then! It may have only been known in the UK, not sure about that, but I remember it being played on the radio and television a lot, unusual for a pop star!

      Have you heard about Bryan Ferry recording songs for The Great Gatsby film coming out later this year? I only heard about this from my brother a few days ago. Looks like it might be an awesome film with Baz Luhrmann (director of Moulin Rouge) behind it all! Here’s a link to Bryan’s website in case you’re interested, his You Tube video on there with a version of Amy Winehouse’s Back To Black is fantastic! 😀 http://www.bryanferry.com/news/

      1. Apparently we are not meant to see it over here! That didn’t work either. Yet I can watch a variety different versions of the Harlem Shake. Go figure! 🙂 Thanks for trying.

  2. Today we (my class) were reading Sonnet # 55 and we discussed quite a lot about sonnets. This is beautiful. Must make them listen to this along with a few other sonnets of their choice.

    1. Oh – well that was useful – good timing! 🙂 It is beautiful, and the words in song format were quite unusual at the time, Brian Ferry being a 70’s and 80’s pop star, no-one would have guessed he’d sing a song like this one!

      I hope your children in your class get something valuable from it! 😀

    1. Oh – not again!! Three people told me they can’t see it now. And the one I gave them as a link, they can’t see that either! So here’s another go http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHpAW9PIo7w sound quality and video are terrible, and Bryan Ferry is singing another song – how embarrassing!! But there’s a very ‘small’ chance you might at least be able to hear the song. Don’t think there are any more options on You Tube for that song – it’s a bit unusual – and not David Guetta! 🙂

      The Cherry Blossoms are lovely, and I can imagine that would be a wonderful thing to fall asleep to – it is a bit like a dream anyway. I’d love to know where they filmed it – I’d grab my duvet and pillow and go there straight away! 🙂

    1. Oh really – how interesting! Did you buy it as a single or on an album? My brother and I remember it well from the 80’s being played on the radio in the UK, but we never actually bought it, and we’ve been trying to look up if it was a released single or on an album somewhere. But even sites that list all of Bryan Ferry’s singles and albums, never mention it – we’re totally confused now, as to what we remember, if it was a single and maybe it was done for charity or some special event. I’d be really grateful if you could let me know – might clear up one of those little mysteries of life! 😀

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