|An ounce of mirth is worth a pound of sorrow.|
|As Tammie glowred, amazed and curious,|
The mirth and fun grew fast and furious.
BurnsTam o Shanter.
|Go then merrily to Heaven.|
BurtonAnatomy of Melancholy. Pt. II. Sec. 3. Memb. 1.
|Plus on est de fous, plus on rit.|
The more fools the more one laughs.
DancourtMaison de Campagne. Sc. 11.
|Some credit in being jolly.|
DickensMartin Chuzzlewit. Ch. V.
|A very merry, dancing, drinking,|
Laughing, quaffing, and unthinking time.
DrydenThe Secular Masque. L. 40.
|And mo the merier is a Prouerbe eke.|
GascoigneWorks. Ed. by Hazlitt. I. 64. (The more the merrier.) HeywoodProverbes. Pt. II. Ch. VII. Beaumont and FletcherScornful Lady. I. 1. Henry ParrottThe Sea Voyage. I. 2. Given credit in BrydgesCensura Literaria. Vol. III. P. 337. King James I., according to the Westminster Gazette.
|Ride si sapis.|
Be merry if you are wise.
MartialEpigrams. II. 41. 1.
|Mirth, admit me of thy crew,|
To live with her, and live with thee,
In unreprovd pleasures free.
MiltonLAllegro. L. 38.
|A merry heart doeth good like a medicine.|
Proverbs. XVII. 22.
|Forward and frolic glee was there,|
The will to do, the soul to dare.
ScottLady of the Lake. Canto I. St. 21.
|What should a man do but be merry?|
Hamlet. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 131.
| Hostess, clap to the doors; watch to-night, pray to-morrow. Gallants, lads, boys, hearts of gold, all the titles of good fellowship come to you! What, shall we be merry? Shall we have a play extempore?|
Henry IV. Pt. I. Act II. Sc. 4. L. 305.
| As tis ever common|
That men are merriest when they are from home.
Henry V. Act I. Sc. 2. L. 271.
|And, if you can be merry then, Ill say|
A man may weep upon his wedding day.
Henry VIII. Prologue. L. 31.
| But a merrier man,|
Within the limit of becoming mirth,
I never spent an hours talk withal.
Loves Labours Lost. Act II. Sc. 1. L. 66.
|Mirth cannot move a soul in agony.|
Loves Labours Lost. Act V. Sc. 2. L. 867.
|Be large in mirth; anon well drink a measure|
The table round.
Macbeth. Act III. Sc. 4. L. 11.
|With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come,|
And let my liver rather heat with wine
Than my heart cool with mortifying groans.
Merchant of Venice. Act I. Sc. 1. L. 80.
|As merry as the day is long.|
Much Ado About Nothing. Act II. Sc. 1. L. 45.
| You have a merry heart.|
Yea, my lord; I thank it, poor fool, it keeps on the windy side of care.
Much Ado About Nothing. Act II. Sc. 1. L. 323.
| Your silence most offends me, and to be merry best becomes you; for out of question, you were born in a merry hour.|
No, sure, my lord, my mother cried; but then there was a star danced, and under that I was born.
Much Ado About Nothing. Act II. Sc. 1. L. 345.
|I am not merry; but I do beguile|
The thing I am by seeming otherwise.
Othello. Act II. Sc. 1. L. 123.
|And frame your mind to mirth and merriment,|
Which bars a thousand harms and lengthens life.
Taming of the Shrew. Induction. Sc. 2. L. 137.
|Merrily, merrily, shall I live now|
Under the blossom that hangs on the bough.
Tempest. Act V. Sc. 1. L. 93.
| When every room|
Hath blazd with lights and brayed with minstrelsy.
Timon of Athens. Act II. Sc. 2. L. 169.
|Jog on, jog on, the foot-path way,|
And merrily hent the stile-a:
A merry heart goes all the day,
Your sad tires in a mile-a.
Winters Tale. Act IV. Sc. 3. L. 132.
|And lets be red with mirth.|
Winters Tale. Act IV. Sc. 4. L. 54.
|The glad circle round them yield their souls|
To festive mirth, and wit that knows no gall.
ThomsonThe Seasons. Summer. L. 403.
|Tis merry in hall|
Where beards wag all.
TusserFive Hundred Points of Good Husbandry. Augusts Abstract. Adam DavieLife of Alexander. (About 1312). In WartonsHistory of English Poetry. Vol. II. P. 10. Quoted by Ben JonsonMasque of Christmas.