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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 I-II - Page 76
by William Shakespeare - 1773
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The microcosm [ed. by G. Canning and others]. [Another]

George Canning - 1825
...external testimony in proof of such excellence, borders on the charge of ridiculous anxiety — it is ' To gild refined gold, to paint the lily, To throw a perfume on the violet.' " For one hint, as it is given by Johnson, I shall make no apology : ' Addison is now despised by some,...
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The complete works of lord Byron with a biogr. and critical ..., Volumes 1-2

George Gordon N. Byron (6th baron.) - 1825
...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,- etc. King John. A great poet qnoting another should be correct; he should also be accurate, when he...
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Cumberland's British Theatre: With Remarks, Biographical and ..., Volume 4

1826
...troubled not the land With any long'd-for change, or better state. Sal. (R.) Therefore, to be possess'd with double pomp, To guard a title that was rich before,...paint the lily, To throw a perfume on the violet, Is wasteful and ridiculous excess. K. John. Some reasons of this double coronation I have possess'd...
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The dramatic works of William Shakspeare, with notes ..., Part 19, Volume 4

William Shakespeare - 1826
...troubled not the land, With any long'd-for change, or better state. Sal. Therefore, to be possess'd with double pomp, To guard - a title that was rich...refined gold, to paint the lily, To throw a perfume on dle violet, To smooth the ice, or add another hue Unto the rainbow, or with taper-light To seek the...
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Words on Words: A Dictionary for Writers and Others who Care about Words

John B. Bremner - 1980 - 405 pages
...ridiculous excess" of John's second coronation. To crown him a second time, says Salisbury, is "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." Go paint the lily, or gild the clouds with...
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King John: New Perspectives

Deborah T. Curren-Aquino - 1989 - 205 pages
...ne'er pluck'd off; The faiths of men ne'er stained with revolt; Salisbury. Therefore, to be possess'd 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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The Complete Works of William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare - 1996 - 1263 pages
...not the land With any long'd-for change or better state. EARL OF SALISBURY. Therefore, to be possest smooth the ice, or add another hue Unto the rainbow, or with taper-light To seek the beauteous eye...
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The Wordsworth Dictionary of Quotations

Connie Robertson - 1998 - 669 pages
...Kingjohn Life is as tedlous as a twice-told tale. Vexing the dull ear of a drowsy man. 10305 Kingjohn To London all that life can afford. 5095 Boswell - Life All argument is again smooth the ice. or add another hue Unto the rainbow, or with taper light To seek the beauteous eye...
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The Life and Death of King John

William Shakespeare - 1998 - 303 pages
...SALISBURY Therefore, to be possessed with double pomp, To guard a title that was rich before, io To gild refined gold, to paint the lily, To throw a perfume on the violet, i again crowned) F}; against crown'd FI 8 longed-for change] F4; long'd-for-changc FI in 1203) and...
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Say It Like Shakespeare: How to Give a Speech Like Hamlet, Persuade Like ...

Thomas Leech - 2001 - 313 pages
...be creative. Use your head; explore the whole body of available options. 216 Don't Gild the Lily 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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