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Note to A Midsummer's Night Dream, 1.1.76: "But earthlier happy is the rose distill'd"
earthlier happy: happier on earth. the rose distill'd:metaphorically, a married woman. Distillation concentrates a substance into its essence, and I believe that Shakespeare is thinking that a woman fulfills more of her 'essence' when she is married than when she is single.