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Flow, vb. (impf. “--ed:” Wint. V, 1, 102. Rom. II, 4, 41. partic. “--ed:” H4B IV, 4, 125. V, 2, 130. H6C II, 5, 72. “flown:” All's II, 1, 142) 1) to stream, to run: Tp. II, 1, 222. Meas. I, 3, 52. All's II, 1, 142. H6C IV, 8, 54. Used of tears: Compl. 284. LLL IV, 3, 29. H6A I, 1, 83. H6B III, 1, 199. H6C II, 5, 72. Of the eye shedding tears: an eye unused to f. Sonn 30, 5. “draw the eye to f.” 30, 5. “our eyes f. with joy,” Cor. V, 3, 99. Figuratively, == to descend: “he did not f. from honourable sources,” Per. IV, 3, 27.
2) to rise, opposed to ebb: “ebbs and --s,” Lucr. 1569. LLL IV, 3, 215. H4A I, 2, 36. Rom. III, 5, 134. Lr. V, 3, 19. doth it (pride) “not f. as hugely as the sea,” As II, 7, 72. H4B IV, 4, 125. V, 2, 130. “the princely blood --s in his cheek,” Cymb. III, 3, 93.
3) Hence serving to express any kind of fulness, abundance and plenty: “if wit f. from it,” Wint. II, 2, 52. “what expense by the hour seems to f. from him,” H8 III, 2, 109. “he is so full of grace that it --s over on all that need,” Ant. V, 2, 24. “f., f., you heavenly blessings, on her!” Cymb. III, 5, 166. “--ing cups,” H5 IV, 3, 55. Oth. II, 3, 60. “let the health go round. Let it f. this way,” Tim. I, 2, 55 (i. e. let it be drunk with full cups; an expression ridiculed by Apemantus). “your verse --ed with her beauty once,” Wint. V, 1, 102 (was full of the praise of her beauty). “the numbers that Petrarch --ed in,” Rom. II, 4, 41. “I f. in grief,” Ado IV, 1, 251. “to make the even truth in pleasure f.” All's V, 3, 326. “you f. to great distraction,” Troil. V, 2, 41 (i. e. your heart is so full that it will overflow and vent itself in madness). “does purpose honour to you no less --ing than marchioness of Pembroke,” H8 II, 3, 62. “with gifts of nature --ing, and swelling o'er with arts and exercise,” Troil. IV, 4, 80.
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