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  • 'If my son were my husband', she ventures, T should freelier rejoice in that absence wherein he won honour than in the embracements of his bed where he would show most love. '

    Shakespeare

  • If my son were my husband, I would freelier rejoice in that absence wherein he won honour than in the embracements of his bed where he would show most love.

    Act I. Scene III. Coriolanus

  • I pray you, daughter, sing; or express yourself in a more comfortable sort: if my son were my husband, I should freelier rejoice in that absence wherein he won honour than in the embracements of his bed where he would show most love.

    Coriolanus

  • Finally by sequestring themselues for a time from the Court, to be able the freelier & cleerer to discerne the factions and state of the Court and of al the world besides, no lesse then doth the looker on or beholder of a game better see into all points of auauntage, then the player himselfe? and in dissembling of diseases which I pray you? for I haue obserued it in the Court of Fraunce, not a burning feuer or a plurisie, or a palsie or the hydropick and swelling gowte, or any other like disease, for if they may be such as may be either easily discerned or quickly cured, they be ill to dissemble and doo halfe handsomly or serue the turne.

    The Arte of English Poesie

  • Toucherome, was in all humility required and besought by the abbess and other discreet mothers of the said convent to grant them an indulgence by means whereof they might confess themselves to one another, alleging that religious women were subject to some petty secret slips and imperfections which would be a foul and burning shame for them to discover and to reveal to men, how sacerdotal soever their functions were; but that they would freelier, more familiarly, and with greater cheerfulness, open to each other their offences, faults, and escapes under the seal of confession.

    Gargantua and Pantagruel, Illustrated, Book 3

  • 364: I should freelier reioyce in that absence wherein

    Coriolanus (1623 First Folio Edition)

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  • Actually The Bard, not Zamboni Palin.

    "VOLUMNIA: I pray you, daughter, sing, or express yourself in a more comfortable sort; if my son were my husband, I should freelier rejoice in that absence wherein he won honour than in the embracements of his bed where he would show most love."
    - William Shakespeare, 'The Tragedy of Coriolanus'.

    August 28, 2009