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" To gild refined gold, to paint the lily, To throw a perfume on the violet, To smooth the ice, or add another hue Unto the rainbow, or with taper-light To seek the beauteous eye of heaven to garnish, Is wasteful, and ridiculous excess. "
The works of Shakespear [ed. by H. Blair], in which the beauties observed by ... - Page 338
by William Shakespeare - 1769
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William Shakespeare: The Complete Works

William Shakespeare - 1989 - 1280 pages
...not the land With any long'd-for change or better state. EARL OF SALISBURY. Therefore, to be possest ` 2 iron? KING JOHN IV. . 69-118 To smooth the ice, or add another hue Unto the rainbow, or with taper-light...
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The Yale Book of Quotations

Fred R. Shapiro, Associate Librarian and Lecturer in Legal Research Fred R Shapiro - 2006 - 1067 pages
...sc. 2, 1. 22 (1591-1598). Refers to a Roman Catholic formula of excommunication. See Malory 2 70 To R. Shapiro smooth the ice, or add another hue Unto the rainbow, or with taper-light To seek the beauteous eye...
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The Empress of India: A Professor Moriarty Novel

Michael Kurland - 2007 - 320 pages
...looking annoyed. " 'Andsome, I was." "Sorry," Moran said. "Handsome, then." FIFTEEN ALL THAT GLISTERS To gild refined gold, to paint the lily To throw a perfume on the violet, To smooth the ice, or add another hue Unto the rainbow, or with taper light To seet{ the beauteous eye...
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King John

William Shakespeare - 2011 - 352 pages
...SALISBURY Therefore, to be possessed with double pomp, To guard a title that was rich before, 10 To gild refined gold, to paint the lily, To throw a perfume on the violet, To smooth the ice or add another hue Unto the rainbow, or with taper-light To seek the beauteous eye of...
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Cancel Your Own Goddam Subscription: Notes and Asides from National Review

William F. Buckley Jr. - 2009 - 304 pages
...King John? Act IV, Scene 2, Earl of Salisbury in reply to Earl of Pembroke: Therefore, to be possessed with double pomp, To guard a title that was rich before,...paint the lily, To throw a perfume on the violet, To smooth the ice, or add another hue Unto the rainbow, or with taper light To seek the beauteous eye...
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Ethics in a Cocoon: How (Not) to Live Well Together

V. David Schwantes - 2007 - 496 pages
...troubled not the land With any longed-for change or better state. Salisbury Therefore, to be possessed with double pomp, To guard a title that was rich before, To gild refined gold, to paint the lily, To ihniw perfume on the violet, To smooth the ice or add another hue Unto the rainbow, or with taper-light...
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Tolkien and Shakespeare: Essays on Shared Themes and Language

Janet Brennan Croft, Donald E. Palumbo, C.W. Sullivan III - 2007 - 336 pages
...of our language are due to his magic pen.... [T]o attempt a panegyric on his genius would only be To gild refined gold, to paint the lily; To throw a perfume on the violet Or with a taper light To seek the beauteous eye of heaven to varnish... [Fishwick 77-78]. This is the...
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