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 Happy as a Clam at High Tide.Happy the People whose Annals are Tiresome. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Happy as a King.
 
This idea of happiness is wealth, position, freedom, and luxurious living; but Richard II. says a king is “Woe’s slave” (iii. 2).   1
   On the happiness of kings, see Shakespeare: Henry V., iv. 1.   2
 


 Happy as a Clam at High Tide.Happy the People whose Annals are Tiresome. 

 
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