The Willow song (Othello, IV:3)

The Willow song (Othello, IV:3)


The poor soul sat sighing
By a sycamore tree,
Sing willow, willow, willow,
Wth his hand in his bosom
And his head upon his knee,
Oh, willow, willow, willow,
Shall be my garland.
Sing all a green willow,
Aye me, the green willow
Must be my garland.

He sighed in his singing
And made a great moan,
Sing, etc.
I am dead to all pleasure,
My true love he is gone, etc.
The mute bird sat by him
Was made tame by his moans, etc.
The true tears fell from him
Would have melted the stones.
Sing etc.

Come all you forsaken
And mourn you wth me.
Who speaks of a false love?
Mine’s falser than she.
Sing etc.
Let Love no more boast her
In palace nor bower;
It buds but it blasteth
Ere it be a flower.
Sing etc.

Thou fair and more false,
I die with thy wound.
Thou hast lost thy truest lover
That goes upon the ground.
Sing [etc.]
Let nobody chide her,
Her scorns I approve.
She was born to be false
And I to die for love.
Sing etc.

Take this for my farewell
And latest adieu;
Write this on my tomb
That in love I was true.
Sing etc.

Symbolism of the Willow Tree

The willow tree has a long history of symbolism rooted in spirituality and cultural traditions. There are references to the willow tree in Celtic and Christian tradition, among others. One of the most valuable traits of the willow tree is its flexibility. The willow tree is one of the few trees that is capable of bending in outrageous poses without snapping. This can be a powerful metaphor for those of us seeking recovery or a spiritual path. The message of the willow tree is to adjust with life, rather than fighting it, surrendering to the process.   The willow reminds us to let go and to surrender completely to our innermost selves and to gain a deeper understanding of our subconscious. Another powerful symbolic meaning of the willow tree is its adaptability, the willow tree’s ability to not only survive, but also thrive in some of the most challenging conditions. We can also look at how the willow tree encourages the expression of deep emotions, including grief and sadness through tears and teaching us the value and consequences of love and loss. One of the greatest symbolic meanings of the willow tree is that even through great loss we have the ability to grow and there is potential for something new.

There is also great symbolism of the colors of the tree. Like the trunk of the tree, brown symbolizes stability, structure and support. Brown gives us a sense of duty and responsibility, encouraging a sense of security and belonging. Green, like the leaves on the branches, symbolizes nature, fertility, and life. It also represents balance, learning, growth and harmony.

Our image of the willow tree represents the strength, stability and structure of the trunk, standing firm and withstanding the greatest of challenges. The branches are flexible and strong, bending without breaking. The leaves represent the balance, harmony and growth we experience through these storms and life challenges. The willow tree gives us hope, a sense of belonging, safety and the ability to let go of the pain and suffering we have experienced and grow new, strong and bold. The image of the willow tree is our path to stability, hope and healing.


Mahlzeit – Krank vom Essen

Interview with Rena Silverman