“COLD COMFORT” is uttered by both Grumio in The Taming of the Shrew (Act 4, scene 1) and King John in his own play (Act 5, scene 7). But “cold comfort” is also how translator Arthur Golding (whose version of Ovid Ezra Pound highly recommended) renders a phrase in Calvin’s commentary on the Book of Psalms (translated in 1571).