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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 and poems of Shakspeare [according to the text of E ..., Volume 8

William Shakespeare - 1833
...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 ; war, " To carve out dials quaintly, point by point, " Thereby...
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Tremaine ; Or, The Man of Refinement, Volumes 1-2

Robert Plumer Ward - English fiction - 1836
...on after dinner, as was opened in all due facm m the beginning of the CHAPTER XXXV. TABLE TALK. Ob God ! methinks it were a happy life To be no better than a homely swain. SHAKSPEARE. " IT is all owing to our departing from nature," said the Doctor, " or being what you are...
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Tremaine ; Or, The Man of Refinement, Volume 2

Robert Plumer Ward - 1836
...beginning of the thirty-third chapter of this instructive work. CHAPTER XXXV. TABLE TALK. Ob God ! metbinks it were a happy life To be no better than a homely swain. SHAKSPEARE. " IT is all owing to our departing from nature," said the Doctor, " or being what you are...
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The Dramatic Works and Poems of William Shakespeare, Volume 2

William Shakespeare - 1836
...! if God's good will were so : 1 For what is in this world, but grit-fond woe? *O G'xl 1 mrthinks, well : for worthy Wolsey Who cannot err, he did il. No nwain ; * To sit upon a hill, as I do now, ' To carve out dials quaintly, uoiut by point, * Thereby...
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Beauties of the Country: Or, Descriptions of Rural Customs, Objects, Scenery ...

Thomas Miller - Country life - 1837 - 425 pages
...to their companions the beauty of such a scene, and, as they journey home, exclaim with a sigh, " O God ! methinks it were a happy life To be no better than a homely swain !" Many are the charms which strike the sportman's eye in his day's journey. With what carelessness...
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Shakspearian Readings: Selected and Adapted for Young Persons and Others

William Shakespeare, Benjamin Humphrey Smart - English drama - 1839 - 453 pages
...Would I were dead, if God's good will were so! For what is in this world but woe and grief ? O heaven ! 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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Commentaries on the Historical Plays of Shakspeare, Volume 2

Thomas Peregrine Courtenay - 1840 - 340 pages
...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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King Henry VI

William Shakespeare - 1841
...Would I were dead, if God's good will were so i ' 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 plays and poems of Shakespeare, according to the improved text ..., Volume 8

William Shakespeare - 1842
...Would I were dead, if God's good will were so I ' 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 carve out dials quaintly, point by point, " Thereby to see the minutes how they run : " How...
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The Works of William Shakspeare: The Text Formed from an Intirely ..., Volume 5

William Shakespeare - 1842
...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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