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Content, subst. 1) contentedness, satisfaction: Wiv. I, 1, 258. IV, 5, 127. Meas. III, 1, 270. As I, 3, 139 “(in c.).” III, 2, 26. All's I, 3, 4. IV, 5, 83. V, 3, 337. R2 V, 5, 23. H6C III, 1, 64. H6C III, 1, 64 H6C III, 1, 64 H8 II, 3, 20 “(in c.).” H8 II, 3, 20 Mcb. II, 1, 17. III, 2, 5. Lr. III, 2, 76. Oth. III, 3, 348. III, 4, 120. Hence == applause, delight: “not without much c. in many singularities,” Wint. V, 3, 11. “how one another lends c.” Rom. I, 3, 84 (== how one sets off another's beauty, to satisfy the eye).
2) happiness, joy: “so I return rebuked to my c.” Sonn. 119, 13. “thy like ne'er was for a sweet c.” Pilgr. 295. As II, 3, 68. “the fulness of my heart's c.” H6B I, 1, 35. “could command no more c. than I,” IV, 9, 2. “repaired with double riches of c.” R3 IV, 4, 319. “this night he dedicates to fair c. and you,” H8 I, 4, 3. “it gives me wonder great as my c. to see you here,” Oth. II, 1, 185. “my soul hath her c. so absolute,” Oth. II, 1, 185 “which drives o'er your c. these strong necessities,” Ant. III, 6, 83. “of my lord's health; of his c.” Cymb. III, 2, 31.
3) that which is the condition of happiness or satisfaction, a) that which to attain would make one happy; desire, wish, will: “within thine own bud buriest thy c.” Sonn. I, 11. “who ever . . . forced examples, 'gainst her own c., to put the by-past perils in her way?” Compl. 157. “how does your c. tender your own good fortune?” Tp. II, 1, 269. “so will I in England work your grace's full c.” H6B I, 3, 70. “God hold it, to your honour's good c.” R3 III, 2, 107. “though my heart's c. firm love doth bear,” Troil. I, 2, 320 (== though my heart is desirous of love). Hence the phrases: I leave your honour to your heart's c. Ven. Dedic. 7 (== to see your wishes fulfilled). “I commend you to your own c.” Err. I, 2, 32. “I wish your ladyship all heart's c.” Merch. III, 4, 42.
b) meek submission, resignation, acquiescence: “forced to c., but never to obey, panting he lies,” Ven. 61. “his face, though full of cares, yet showed c.” Lucr. 1503. “to whose high will we bound our calm --s,” R2 V, 2, 38.
4) In the plural only, == that which is contained, comprised in a writing: Lucr. 948. Compl. 19. Compl. 19 Sonn. 55, 3. Tp. II, 2, 147. Gentl. I, 2, 36. Wiv. IV, 6, 13. Meas. IV, 2, 211. IV, 3, 98. LLL IV, 2, 103. V, 2, 518. Merch. III, 2, 246. As IV, 3, 8. As IV, 3, 8 V, 4, 136. All's III, 2, 66. Wint. III, 1, 20. H8 IV, 2, 154. Hml. V, 2, 44. Lr. I, 2, 43. Lr. I, 2, 43 II, 4, 34. Cymb. II, 2, 27.
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