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Babe, generally a little child still at the breast: “a nurse's song ne'er pleased her b. so well,” Ven. 974. Lucr. 814. Lucr. 814 Sonn. 22, 12. 143, 3. Gentl. I, 2, 58. Err. I, 1, 73. LLL V, 2, 594. Shr. II, 138. IV, 3, 74. Wint. II, 2, 26. III, 2, 135. John III, 4, 58. H6A I, 1, 49. II, 3, 17. III, 1, 197. III, 3, 47. H6B V, 2, 52. H6C II, 1, 86. V, 7, 29. Tit. II, 3, 29. IV, 2, 67. V, 1, 26. Rom. I, 3, 60. Tim. I, 2, 116. Tim. I, 2, 116 IV, 3, 118. Mcb. I, 7, 21. Mcb. I, 7, 21 IV, 1, 30. Hml. III, 3, 71. Lr. I, 3, 19. Ant. V, 2, 48. Cymb. I, 1, 40. Per. I, 4, 42. III Prol. 11. III, 1, 28 etc.
But sometimes children of some growth are called so: “Love is a b.,” Sonn. 115, 13. “holy writ in --s hath judgment shown, when judges have been --s,” All's II, 1, 141 (cf. St. Matthew XI, 25). “those that do teach young --s,” Oth. IV, 2, 111. “at three and two years old, I stole these --s,” Cymb. III, 3, 101. It is used of young Rutland: R3 I, 3, 183; of the sons of Edward IV: R3 II, 2, 84. IV, 1, 99. IV, 3, 9. IV, 4, 9. of the children of Macduff: Mcb. IV, 1, 152. IV, 2, 6.
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