|Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocotts Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.|
|I had rather have a fool to make me merry, than experience to make me sad.|
Shakespeare.As You Like It, Act IV. Scene 1.
|I am not merry; but I do beguile|
The thing I am, by seeming otherwise.
Shakespeare.Othello, Act II. Scene 1.
|I am never merry when I hear sweet music.|
Shakespeare.Merchant of Venice, Act V. Scene 1.
|Jog on, jog on, the footpath way,|
And merrily hent the stylea;
A merry heart goes all the day,
Your sad tires in a milea.
Shakespeare.Winters Tale, Act IV. Scene 2.
|How oft, when men are at the point of death,|
Have they been merry?
Shakespeare.Romeo and Juliet, Act V. Scene 3. (Romeo at Juliets tomb.)
|And if you can be merry then, Ill say|
A man may weep upon his wedding day.
Shakespeare.King Henry VIII., Prologue, last lines.