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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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The Plays of William Shakespeare: With Notes of Various Commentators, Issue 8

William Shakespeare - 1806
...'Would I were dead ! if God's good will were so: ' For what is in this world, but grief and woe ? * i4O 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...
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The Poetical Preceptor; Or, A Collection of Select Pieces of Poetry ...

English poetry - 1806 - 380 pages
...lib'ral eye doth give to ev'ry one, Thnwing cold fear. The HAPPINESS of a SHEPHERD'S LIFE. (SHAKESPEARE.) 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...
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The Plays of Shakspeare: Printed from the Text of Samuel Johnson ..., Volume 3

William Shakespeare - 1807
...thence. Would I were dead ! if God's good will were so : For what is in this world, but grief and woe ? 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...
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The Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: With Explanatory Notes ..., Volume 2

William Shakespeare, Samuel Ayscough - 1807
...dead ! if God's good will were so : For what is in this world, but grief and woe ? 0 God ! melhinks 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...
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The Discarded Son: Or, Haunt of the Banditti. A Tale ...

Regina Maria Roche - English fiction - 1807
...the crowded haunts of men, I could not forbear thinking, that here, at least, as Shakespeare says, it were.... • A happy life, To be no better than a homely swain, To sit upon a hill ai we do now, To carve out dials quaintly, point by point, Thereby to tee the minutes...
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King Henry VI., part III. King Richard III. King Henry VIII. Troilus and ...

William Shakespeare, Alexander Chalmers - 1811
...'Would I were dead ! if God's good will were so : ' For what is in this world, but grief and woe : * 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...
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The dramatic works of William Shakspeare. Whittingham's ed, Volume 5

William Shakespeare - 1814
...thence. 'Would I were dead! if God's good will were s01 For what is in this world, but grief and woe? : God ! methinks, it were a happy life, To be no better than a homely swain ; To sit upon a hilI, as I do now, To carve out dials quaintly, point by point. Thereby to see the...
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Elegant extracts in poetry, Volume 2

Elegant extracts - 1816
...morning's war. When dying clouds contend with growing light ; The Blessings of a Shepherd's Life. 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...
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Characters of Shakespear's Plays

William Hazlitt - 1817 - 352 pages
...thence. Would I were dead, if God's good will were so. For what is in this world but grief and woe ? 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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The Family Shakspeare: In Ten Volumes; in which Nothing is Added ..., Volume 6

William Shakespeare - 1818
...Would I were dead ! if God's good will were so : For what is in this world, but grief and woe ? Alas ! 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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