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  • It is said that their Bruce, and the rest of his kinsmen, intend a new May-game, and that the outlawed king proposes to land near Turnberry, early in summer, with a number of stout kernes from

    Castle Dangerous

  • It is Amy Robsart, the same who, to make up the May-game yesterday, figured in the pageant as the wife of his servant

    Kenilworth

  • I shall this day in the first place present you with a May-game; but such a one as is not usuall, and deserves to be taken notice of, and it is an action of Warre too, and therefore the more sutable to the times.

    War Game

  • For out of that little, odd, ridiculous May-game came the supercilious philosophers, in whose room have succeeded a kind of people the world calls monks, cardinals, priests, and the most holy popes.

    In Praise of Folly

  • Life is not a May-game, but a battle and a march, a warfare with principalities and powers.

    Leaves of Life For Daily Inspiration

  • I am but a silly, poor girl, set up by the gambol of fortune for a May-game.

    The World's Greatest Books — Volume 07 — Fiction

  • Or, maybe I'd been thinking already -- what with their May-game hints and the loneliness out there.

    Wandering Heath

  • Israelite judges, Assyrian kings, Alexander, the infuriate and insatiable conqueror, May-game monarchs like Darius, Rehoboam with his

    Sir Walter Ralegh A Biography

  • Life was never a May-game for men: in all times the lot of the dumb millions born to toil was defaced with manifold sufferings, injustices, heavy burdens, avoidable and unavoidable; not play at all, but hard work that made the sinews sore and the heart sore.

    Past and Present Thomas Carlyle's Collected Works, Vol. XIII.

  • Souls to whom the omnipotent guinea is, on the whole, an impotent guinea: Not a May-game is this man's life, but a battle and stern pilgrimage: God's justice, human Nobleness, Veracity and Mercy, the essence of his very being. (p. 355.) -- What a man of Genius is.

    Past and Present Thomas Carlyle's Collected Works, Vol. XIII.

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