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The meaning and origin of the expression: Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks

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Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks

What's the origin of the phrase 'Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks'?

Cobbe family portrait of William ShakespeareFrom Shakespeare's King Lear, 1605:

KING LEAR:
Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks! rage! blow!
You cataracts and hurricanoes, spout
Till you have drench'd our steeples, drown'd the cocks!
You sulphurous and thought-executing fires,
Vaunt-couriers to oak-cleaving thunderbolts,
Singe my white head! And thou, all-shaking thunder,
Smite flat the thick rotundity o' the world!
Crack nature's moulds, an germens spill at once,
That make ingrateful man!

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