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Change, subst., alteration, variation: “why are you grown so rude? what c. is this?” Mids. III, 2, 262. “the --s I perceived in the king,” Wint. V, 2, 11. H4B IV, 5, 151. H5 I, 1, 37. H6B V, 1, 101. H6C IV, 4, 1. R3 III, 5, 81. Cor. III, 1, 27. Tim. I, 1, 84. IV, 3, 66. Caes. IV, 2, 7. Ant. II, 6, 54 etc. nine --s of the watery star (the moon) Wint. I, 2, 1. “the --s of the moon,” Oth. III, 3, 178. -- “speak between the c. of man and boy,” Merch. III, 4, 66. “she hath not seen the c. of fourteen years,” Rom. I, 2, 9. -- double c. of bravery (i. e. a double set of attire) Shr. IV, 3, 57. c. of honours == new honours, Cor. II, 1, 214 (chance?) Used of vicissitudes of fortune: “to take your c. upon you,” As I, 3, 104 (F2 etc. charge). “chance's mocks and --s fill the cup of alteration,” H4B III, 1, 52. that he his high authority abused and did deserve his c. (i. e. his deposition) Ant. III, 6, 34. “the miserable c. now at my end,” IV, 15, 51. which (sc. death) “shackles accidents and bolts up c.” V, 2, 6. -- Used of innovations and revolutions in the state: “here's a c. indeed in the commonwealth,” Meas. I, 2, 107. “shall revolt from him and kiss the lips of unacquainted c.,” John III, 4, 166. “fresh expectation troubled not the land with any longed for c.” IV, 2, 8. “lean-looked prophets whisper fearful c.” R2 II, 4, 11. “every one doth so against a c.” III, 4, 28. “comets importing c. of times and states,” H6A I, 1, 2. “before the times of c., still is it so,” R3 II, 3, 41. “frights, --s, horrors,” Troil. I, 3, 98. it is prodigious: “there will come some c.” V, 1, 101. “love the fundamental part of state more than you doubt the c. on't,” Cor. III, 1, 152. “quietness would purge by any desperate c.” Ant. I, 3, 54. -- Euphemism for changing humour, caprice: “you see how full of --s his age is,” Lr. I, 1, 291. cf. “ambitions, covetings, c. of prides,” Cymb. II, 5, 25. For inconstancy and fickleness: “a woman's gentle heart, but not acquainted with shifting c.,” Sonn. 20, 4. “to set a form upon desired c.” 89, 6. therefore in that (thy eye) “I cannot know thy c.” 93, 6. “that c. is the spite,” Gentl. IV, 2, 69 (a quibble). “not I pronounce the beggary of his c.” Cymb. I, 6, 115.
2) variation in music and poetry: “why is my verse so barren of new pride, so far from variation or quick c.” Sonn. 76, 2. “and in this c. is my invention spent,” 105, 11. “what fine c. is in the music!” Gentl. IV, 2, 68.
3) a tour in dancing: “in our measure do but vouchsafe one c.” LLL V, 2, 209.
4) exchange: “maintained the c. of words with . . .,” Ado IV, 1, 185. “he that I gave it to in c.” H5 IV, 8, 30. “give us a prince of blood in c. of him,” Troil. III, 3, 27. “it is but c., for Octavius is overthrown by Brutus,” Caes. V, 3, 51.
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