I can say in the presence of God, in comparison with whom we are but like poor creeping ants upon the earth, I would have been glad to have lived under my woodside, to have kept a flock of sheep, rather than undertaken such a government as this. The Works of Lord Morley - Page 392by John Morley - 1921Full view
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R. J. A. White - History - 1967 - 304 pages
...hawking and the cry of hounds, and stringed instruments and the game of bowls. As he said wearily: 'I would have been glad to have lived under my woodside,...rather than undertake such a government as this.' No doubt he would have been happier, as England would certainly have been the poorer, if he had gone...