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Behold, impf. and partic. beheld; 1) trans. a) to see: “b. two Adons dead!” Ven. 1070. “when he beheld his shadow,” Ven. 1070 Ven. 1070 Lucr. 416. Lucr. 416 Lucr. 416 Lucr. 416 Lucr. 416 Lucr. 416 Sonn. 106, 13. Tp. I, 2, 491. V, 18. V, 18 V, 18 Gentl. II, 4, 209. V, 4, 101. Wiv. IV, 2, 125. Meas. I, 2, 45. Err. IV, 4, 108. V, 330. LLL I, 1, 247. IV, 3, 36. Mids. I, 1, 209. Merch. II, 7, 68. H5 IV Chor. H5 IV Chor. H5 IV Chor. H6A II, 2, 10. H6A II, 2, 10 R3 II, 4, 56. Cor. III, 1, 21. Ant. III, 3, 8, etc. etc. “beheld the king my father wrecked,” Tp. I, 2, 435. “to b. desert a beggar born,” Sonn. 66, 2. “I might b. addrest the king and his companions,” LLL V, 2, 92. “--s her bleed,” Lucr. 1732. “can the son's eye b. his father bleed?” Tit. V, 3, 65. To b. and to see joined: “you saw the mistress, I beheld the maid,” Merch. III, 2, 200. “prithee, see there! behold, look, lo!” Mcb. III, 4, 69. “b. and see,” Ant. I, 1, 13.
b) to regard, to look on: who (viz the sun) “doth the world so gloriously b. that cedar-tops and hills seem burnished gold,” Ven. 857. “that eye which looks on her confounds his wits; that eye which him --s . . .” Lucr. 291. will you go with us to b. it (== to be spectators of it) Wiv. II, 1, 214. cf. Err. V, 128. Meas. I, 3, 43. Mids. I, 1, 10. H6A I, 4, 96. Troil. III, 3, 91. IV, 5, 236. V, 2, 69. Oth. V, 1, 108. “all his virtues, not virtuously of his own part beheld, do in our eyes begin to lose their gloss,” Troil. II, 3, 127, i. e. his virtues, not regarded by himself as it becomes a virtuous man, but with pride and arrogance.
2) absol. to see: “what dost thou to mine eyes, that they b., and see not what they see?” Sonn. 137, 2. “come down, b. no more,” Caes. V, 3, 33. “I can b. no longer,” Ant. III, 10, 1. “a mother should not sell him an hour from her --ing,” Cor. I, 3, 10 (== from her sight). Very remarkable, though unnoticed by the commentators, is the following passage: I am wild in my beholding == I look wild, Per. V, 1, 224. cf. Lucr. 1590.
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