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Happy as a King

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This idea of happiness is wealth, position, freedom, and luxurious living; but Richard II. says a king is “Woe’s slave” (iii. 2).

⁂ On the happiness of kings, see Shakespeare: Henry V., iv. 1.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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