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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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The Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: With the Corrections ..., Volume 5

William Shakespeare - 1817
...state. " Sal. Therefore, to be possess'd with double pomp, To guard 9 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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Characters of Shakespear's Plays

William Hazlitt - 1817 - 352 pages
...of the king. " Therefore to be possessed 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, to add another hue Unto the rainbovy, or with taper light To seek the beauteous eye...
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The Works: With Memoirs of His Life and Writings by Robert Anderson, Volume 7

John Moore - 1820
...articles when in them consisted all I knew of the lady. Besides, you have yourself seen her, and To gild refined gold, to paint the lily, To throw a perfume on the violet. To smooth the ice, or add another hu e Unto the rainbow, or with taper-light To seek the beauteous eye...
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The Works of John Moore

Robert Anderson - 1820
...articles when in. them consisted all I knew of the lady. Besides, you ha,ve yourself seen her, and •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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Mordaunt; sketches of life, characters, and manners in various countries

John Moore, Robert Anderson - English literature - 1820
...articles when in them consisted all I knew of the lady. Besides, you have yourself seen her, and To gild refined gold, to paint the lily, To throw a perfume on the violet. To smooth the ice, or add another hu e Unto the rainbow, or with taper-light To seek the beauteous eye...
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Don Juan, Cantos III, IV, and V

George Gordon Byron Baron Byron - 1821 - 218 pages
...perfume to the violet.'' This version by no means improves the original, which is as follows : " To gild refined gold, to paint the lily, " To throw a perfume on the violet," &c. KING JOHN. A great poet quoting another should be correct ; he should also be accurate, when he...
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Edinburgh Dramatic Review, Volumes 1-2

1822
...manners and the ^imes. To dwell upon the memory of Kemble, and for us to praise him, would be " To gild refined gold, to paint the lily, To throw a perfume on the violet ;" nevertheless, we must reserve our remarks upon Mr. Vandenhnff's original and borrowed beauties till...
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The plays of William Shakspeare, pr. from the text of the ..., Volume 4

William Shakespeare - 1823
...state. Sal. Therefore, to be possess'd with double pomp, To guard 5 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 Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare, in Ten Volumes: King John ...

William Shakespeare - 1823
...state. Sal. Therefore, to be possess'd with double pomp, To guard8 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 Lady's Magazine and Museum of the Belles-lettres, Fine Arts ..., Volume 4

English literature - 1834
...— to dilute and versify one of the finest dramatic poems that any age has produced, is indeed, " to gild refined gold, to paint the lily, to throw a perfume on the violet ;" and we wish for his own sake, that an author who at times exhibits considerable powers, should not...
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