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" O God! methinks it were a happy life, To be no better than a homely swain; To sit upon a hill, as I do now, To carve out dials quaintly, point by point, Thereby to see the minutes how they run, How many make the hour full complete; How many hours bring... "
Tremaine: Or, The Man of Refinement - Page 286
by Robert Plumer Ward - 1825
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Theatre and Religion: Lancastrian Shakespeare

Richard Dutton, Alison Gail Findlay, Richard Wilson - History - 2003 - 267 pages
...retyred and gyven to studdy'. 21 Robert Parsons and the plight of Shakespeare's first Lancastrian king O God! Methinks it were a happy life To be no better than a homely swain. To sit upon a hill, as I do now; To carve out dials quaintly, point by point, Thereby to see the minutes...
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John Clare: Poems of the Middle Period, 1822-1837: Volume V

John Clare - Literary Collections - 1996 - 858 pages
...VI, ii. 5. 2 1 -2, and is quoted by Howitt on p. 111 to precede the month of May: O God! nu-thinks it were a happy life To be no better than a homely swain 14 n. Cut away I5n. Cut away i. 234-5 The morning air is rich to meet 8n. Cut away i. 235-6 Hw glrs...
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The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare's Poetry

Patrick Cheney - Literary Criticism - 2007
...especially important, because it features Henry VI as a Spenserian author-figure, the shepherdking: 'O god! methinks it were a happy life / To be no better than a homely swain; / To sit upon a hill, as I do now, / To carve out dials quaintly, point by point' (3 Henry VI 2. 5....
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