Grief makes one hour ten.
 William Shakespeare, Richard II (1595). copy citation

Author William Shakespeare
Source Richard II
Topic grief sorrow pain
Date 1595
Language English
Reference Richard II, Act I, Scene 3
Note Henry Bolingbroke line


“Thy grief is but thy absence for a time.
BOLINGBROKE. Joy absent, grief is present for that time.
GAUNT. What is six winters? They are quickly gone.
BOLINGBROKE. To men in joy; but grief makes one hour ten.
GAUNT. Call it a travel that thou tak'st for pleasure.
BOLINGBROKE. My heart will sigh when I miscall it so,
Which finds it an enforced pilgrimage. GAUNT. The sullen passage of thy weary steps” source

Meaning and analysis

Kwize Master While Henry Bolingbroke complains about being banished from the Kingdom of England for six years by King Richard II, his father John of Gaunt tries to comfort him by saying that six winters are a short period of time. Henry retorts that time flies when people are happy, but passes extremely slowly when people are struck by misfortune.
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