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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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The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase, Saying, and Quotation

Elizabeth M. Knowles - Reference - 1997 - 694 pages
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Shakespeare for Beginners

Brandon Toropov - Study Aids - 1997 - 222 pages
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The Wordsworth Dictionary of Quotations

Connie Robertson - Reference - 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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Carnegie Magazine, Volumes 17-18

1943
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The Life and Death of King John

William Shakespeare - Drama - 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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The Globe Illustrated Shakespeare: The Complete Works Annotated

William Shakespeare - Literary Collections - 1979 - 2364 pages
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A Contemplation Upon Flowers: Garden Plants in Myth and Literature

Bobby J. Ward - Literary Criticism - 1999 - 446 pages
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Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Allusions

Elizabeth Webber, Mike Feinsilber - Reference - 1999 - 592 pages
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The Arden Dictionary of Shakespeare Quotations

William Shakespeare - Drama - 1999 - 408 pages
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