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Quotation by Shakespeare
Thus did I keep my person fresh and new,
My presence, like a robe pontifical,
Ne'er seen but wondered at, and so my state,
Seldom but sumptuous, showed like a feast.
William Shakespeare (1564–1616), British dramatist, poet. King Henry, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 3, sc. 2, l. 55-8.
Recalling his former renown when he was able to appear more important than Richard II, king at the time; "state" means greatness, pomp.
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