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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. "
King John ; King Richard II ; King Henry IV, part 1 - Page 126
by William Shakespeare - 1793
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Mordaunt: Sketches of Life, Characters, and Manners, in Various ..., Volume 3

John Moore - Epistolary fiction, English - 1800
...when in them cohfifted all I knew of the lady. Befides you have yourfelf feen her, and * • To gild refined gold, to paint the lily, To throw a perfume...heaven to garnifh, Is wafteful, and ridiculous excefs *. I therefore proceed to what will intereft you more. Though our acquaintance has not been long, yet...
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The Plays of William Shakspeare. ....

William Shakespeare - 1800
...better ftate. Sal. Therefore to he poflefs'd with double pomp, To guard a title that was rich before, To gild refined gold, to paint the lily, To throw a perfume...taper-light To feek the beauteous eye of heaven to garnilh, Is wafteful, and ridiculous excefs. Pemb. But that your royal pleafure muft be done, This...
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The Port Folio, Volume 6

Philadelphia (Pa.) - 1811
...and preservation of the works of British painters. FOR THE PORT FOLIO. ABERCROMBIE'S JOHNSON. " To gild refined gold; to paint the lily; to throw a perfume on the violet," is an occupation alike impracticable and superfluous. I shall not, Mr. Editor, for this reason, attempt...
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The Plays of William Shakspeare: With the Corrections and ..., Volume 1

William Shakespeare, George Steevens, Samuel Johnson - 1803
...attempt to make any addition. He has juftly obferved, that To guard a title that was rich before, To gild refined gold, to paint the lily, To throw a perfume on the violet, To 1'mooth the ice, or add another hue Unto the rainbow, or with taper-light To feek the beauteous eye...
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The Plays of William Shakespeare: Accurately Printed from the Text ..., Volume 4

William Shakespeare - 1803
...state. Sal. Therefore, to be possess'd with double pomp, To guard' a title that was rich before, 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...
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The Plays of William Shakespeare, Volume 4

William Shakespeare - 1803
...state. Sal. Therefore, to be possess'd with double pomp, To guard a title that was rich before, 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...
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The plays of William Shakspeare, pr. from the text of the ..., Volume 5

William Shakespeare - 1805
...state. Sal. Therefore, to be possess'd with double pomp, To guard5 a title that was rich before, 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 4 Go closely in with me.]...
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The Plays of William Shakespeare : Accurately Printed from the ..., Volume 5

William Shakespeare - 1805
...state. Sal. Therefore, to be possess'd with double pomp, To guard5 a title that was rich before, 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 4 Go closely in with me.]...
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The Monthly Mirror: Reflecting Men and Manners: With Strictures ..., Volume 20

1805
...that to attempt to add to it would perhaps he attended with no better effect than the endeavour " To gild refined gold, to paint the lily, " To throw a perfume on the violet" Adorned, however, and illumined as this work is, by Mr. Tooke's profound investigations, it is no less...
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The plays of William Shakspeare, with the corrections and illustr ..., Volume 7

William Shakespeare - 1806
...prohahly with a view of confirming his title to the throne, his competitor no longer standing in his way. Malone. 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 rainhow, or with taper-light To seek the heauteous eye...
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