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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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An anatomy of sleep: die Schlafbildlichkeit in den Dramen William Shakespeares

Marcus Noll - Dreams in literature - 1994 - 178 pages
...deutlicher Neid spürbar sowie ein klar ausgedrückter Wunsch, lieber Hirte als König sein zu wollen: O God! Methinks it were a happy life To be no better than a homely swain. [...] Ah, what a life were this! How sweet! How lovely ! (3 Henry VI, E, 5, 2l -22 und 41 ) Während...
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William Shakespeare: The Critical Heritage, Volume 5

Brian Vickers - Literary Criticism - 1995 - 568 pages
...which cannot be trusted to the tell-tale day. (V, 74) [116] [On 3 Henry VI, 2.5.21 ff: King Henry. O God! methinks it were a happy life, To be no better than a homely swain] This speech is mournful and soft, exquisitely suited to the character of the king, and makes a pleasing...
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Selected Poems

William Shakespeare - Poetry - 1995 - 128 pages
...victors, breast to breast, Yet neither conqueror nor conquered. So is the equal poise of this fell war. 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 Complete Works of William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare - Drama - 1996 - 1263 pages
...thence. Would I were dead! if God's good will were so; For what is in this world but grief and woe? О hee? EGEUS. Full of vexation come I, 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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Shakespeare the Playwright: A Companion to the Complete Tragedies, Histories ...

Victor L. Cahn - Literary Criticism - 1996 - 865 pages
...destruction he sees no purpose: no winner, no loser, just survivors. For himself he seeks a pastoral 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 minutes...
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The Plays of Shakespeare: A Thematic Guide

Victor L. Cahn - Drama - 2001 - 361 pages
...responsibility. Here, from Part 3, when battle rages about him, is his most poignant call for release: 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 Sovereign Flower: On Shakespeare as the Poet of Royalism, Together with ...

G. Wilson Knight - Literary Collections - 2002 - 324 pages
...generalized feeling that results is phrased by King Henry in a fine speech of Shakespearian pastoralism : 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 to point, Thereby to see the minutes...
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Lectures on Shakespeare

W. H. Auden - Drama - 2002 - 398 pages
...shepherd: 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 Time is Out of Joint: Shakespeare as Philosopher of History

Agnes Heller - Fiction - 2002 - 375 pages
...sive nature has ordered things to their proper place, and man has natural obligations to fulfill. "O God! Methinks it were a happy life / To be no better than a homely swain. / To carve out dials quaintly, point by point. ... So many hours must I tend my flock, / So many hours...
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William Shakespeare: The Complete Works

William Shakespeare - Literary Collections - 1989 - 1280 pages
...thence. Would I were dead! if God's good will were so; For what is in this world bur grief and woe? О RCY. I will not sing. HOTSPUR. 'Tis the next way to turn tailor, or be r 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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