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Comfort, subst., 1) assistance, rescue: “I spy c.; I cry bail,” Meas. III, 2, 44. “thy --s can do me no good at all,” Lr. IV, 1, 17. V, 3, 297.
2) consolation: “I have great c. from this fellow,” Tp. I, 1, 30. “he receives c. like cold porridge,” II, 1, 10. II, 2, 47. II, 2, 47 Wiv. II, 1, 73. Meas. III, 1, 235. Meas. III, 1, 235 IV, 1, 8. V, 403. Err. I, 1, 27. IV, 2, 66. As II, 3, 45. Wint. V, 3, 1. H6A I, 4, 90. II, 5, 16. R3 I, 3, 4 “(entertain).” Lr. V, 3, 297 etc. etc. “there is another c. than this world,” Meas. V, 49. “have c.!” Tp. I, 2, 25. Ado IV, 1, 119. R3 II, 2, 101. to give c. or “--s:” Meas. IV, 2, 73. Wint. IV, 4, 568. John III, 4, 100. Ant. V, 1, 62. “to put in c.” LLL IV, 3, 52. “speak c. to that grief,” Ado V, 1, 21. “take c.” Mids. I, 1, 202. Per. III, 1, 22. “take good c.” H8 IV, 2 119 (cf. Sonn. 37, 4). “what's the c.? as all --s are,” Meas. III, 1, 54. “what c. is for Claudio?” IV, 2, 80. “what c., man? how is't with aged Gaunt?” R2 II, 1, 72. comfort! (sometimes in the sense of 'courage'!): R2 III, 2, 75. H4B IV, 4, 112. H6B III, 2, 38. H6C IV, 8, 28. R3 II, 2, 89. “c., good c.” Wint. IV, 4, 848. “best of c.!” Ant. III, 6, 89. “courage and c.!” John III, 4, 4.
3) encouragement, cheering influence: “give him a show of c. in his suit,” Wiv. II, 1, 98. “I thank you for that c.” III, 4, 54. “tarry for the c. of the day,” Mids. II, 2, 38. “shine --s from the east,” III, 2, 432. cf. “to remain here in the cheer and c. of our eye,” Hml. I, 2, 116. “would he not be a c. to our travel,” As I, 3, 133. “a c. of retirement lives in this,” H4A IV, 1, 56. smooth --s false, worse than true wrongs, H4B Ind. H4A IV, 1, 56 “keep c. to you,” H8 V, 1, 145. “lay --s to your bosom,” Lr. II, 1, 128. “returned me expectations and --s of sudden respect and acquaintance,” Oth. IV, 2, 192. “death will seize her, but your c. makes the rescue,” Ant. III, 11, 48. “I will reward thee once for thy spritely c., and tenfold for thy good valour,” IV, 7, 15. -- To be of c. == to have courage, to be of good cheer: Tp. I, 2, 495. Tw. III, 4, 372. “be of good c.:” John V, 3, 9. V, 7, 25. though he speak of c. (== encouragingly?) Oth. II, 1, 31.
4) joy, happiness, delight: “take all my c. of thy worth,” Sonn. 37, 4. “thou . . . most worthy c., now my greatest grief,” 48, 6. “so that other mine thou wilt restore, to be my c. still,” 134, 4. two loves I have of “c. and despair,” 144, 1. “weigh our sorrow with our c.” Tp. II, 1, 9. “a life whose very c. is still a dying horror,” Meas. II, 3, 41. “to make her heavenly --s of despair,” IV, 3, 114. “trouble being gone, c. should remain,” Ado I, 1, 101. “my clerk hath some good --s too for you,” Merch. V, 289. “whose hand thou shalt soon feel to thy cold c.” Shr. IV, 1, 33. “we make us --s of our losses,” All's IV, 3, 77. “the crown and c. of my life,” Wint. III, 2, 95. as now she might have done (viz lived), “so much to my good c.” V, 3, 33. “Warwick, my son, the c. of my age,” H6B I, 1, 190. “all c. that the dark night can afford be to thy person,” R3 V, 3, 80. “this oracle of c. hath so pleased me,” H8 V, 5, 67. “which should make our eyes flow with joy, hearts dance with --s,” Cor. V, 3, 99. “but dawning day new c. hath inspired,” Tit. II, 2, 10. “such c. as do lusty young men feel when well-apparel'd April on the heel of limping winter treads,” Rom. I, 2, 26. “which feeling, periods his c.” Tim. I, 1, 99. “I'll beweep these --s,” V, 1, 161. “my soul hath her content so absolute that not another c. like to this succeeds in unknown fate,” Oth. II, 1, 194. “I dote in mine own --s,” Oth. II, 1, 194 “c. forswear me!” IV, 2, 159. “the elements . . . make thy spirits all of c.” Ant. III, 2, 41. “all strange and terrible events are welcome, but --s we despise,” IV, 15, 4. “I'll make't my c. he is a man,” Cymb. III, 6, 71. “let them be joyful too, for they shall taste our c.” V, 5, 403. cf. I, 6, 9.
5) comfortableness, ease: “I will piece out the c. with what addition I can,” Lr. III, 6, 2. cf. “the fire is dead with grief, being create for c.” John IV, 1, 107 (with a play upon the word).
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