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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 Shakspeare, Volume 2

William Shakespeare - 1819
...dead ! if God's good will were so : For what is in this world, but grief and woe ? 0 God ! methmks, it were a happy life, To be no better than a homely swain ; To at upon a hill, as I do now, To carve out dials quaintly, point by point, Thereby to see the minutes,...
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Table-talk: Or Original Essays, Volume 1

William Hazlitt - Authors and publishers - 1821 - 400 pages
...nature. The division of the map of life into its component parts is beautifully made by King Henry VI. " Oh 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 Plays and Poems of William Shakspeare, Volume 18

William Shakespeare - 1821
...'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 Drama, Or, Theatrical Pocket Magazine

Theater - 1824
...sentiments might well be supposed to utter those congenial lines which the poet has given him :— " O God ! methinks it were a happy life To be no better than a homely swain " &e. It is more than probable, that the poet had not seen his royal brother's verses, yet how admirably...
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The Dramatic Works of William Shakspeare: To which are Added His ...

William Shakespeare - 1821
...'Would t 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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Poems Divine and Moral: Many of Them Now First Published

John Bowdler - Hymns, English - 1821 - 468 pages
...That things ill got had ever bad success ? I'll leave my son my virtuous deeds behind. • : Alas ! methinks it were a happy life To be no better than a homely swain; — So minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, and yeai*, Pass'd over to the end they were created, Would...
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The New Monthly Magazine and Humorist, Volumes 55-56

English literature - 1839
...insertion of a part of the soliloquy which Henry is made to utter in the midst of the battle — ." Methinks it were a happy life To be no better than a homely swain." The speech is characteristic, and may be read as an illustrative specimen of Shakspeare's mode of amplifying...
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The Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare, in Ten Volumes: King Henry V ...

William Shakespeare - 1823
...: Would I were dead ! if God's good will were BO : 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 Author's Jewel: Consisting of Essays, Miscellaneous, Literary and Moral

Stephen Simpson - 1823 - 251 pages
...recommending that economy 'iftime, s. beautifully pourtrayed by the great bard, wr have jus> quoted. " 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, Tu carve out dials quaintly, point by point, Thereby to see the...
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The Plays, Volume 6

William Shakespeare - 1824
...'Would I were dead ! if God's good will were Ťo : 1 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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