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Government, 1) direction, control: “a sound, but not in g.” Mids. V, 124 (not a regular tune). “each part deprived of supple g.” Rom. IV, 1, 102. “quite besides the g. of patience,” Cymb. II, 4, 150.
2) self-control, evenness of temper, decency of manners: “the mild glance that sly Ulysses lent showed deep regard and smiling g.” Lucr. 1400. “men of good g.” H4A I, 2, 31. “defect of manners, want of g.” III, 1, 184. 'tis g. that makes them (women) “seem divine,” H6C I, 4, 132. “wife-like g.” H8 II, 4, 138. “fear not my g.” Oth. III, 3, 256 (cf. Misgoverned and Misgovernment).
3) rule, authority, supreme power: “the g. I cast upon my brother,” Tp. I, 2, 75. “in the g. of Lord Angelo,” Meas. IV, 2, 141. come underneath the yoke “of g.” H4B IV, 4, 10. “under the sweet shade of your g.” H5 II, 2, 28. “I here resign my g. to thee,” H6C IV, 6, 24. “Tarsus, o'er which I have the g.” Per. I, 4, 21.
4) conduct, chief command: “under whose g. come they along?” H4A IV, 1, 19. “that quarter whereof I had the g.” H6A II, 1, 64. “deputing Cassio in his g.” Oth. IV, 1, 248.
5) administration of public affairs: the state g. changed from kings to consuls, Lucr. Arg. Oth. IV, 1, 248 “of g. the properties to unfold,” Meas. I, 1, 3. “or discover his g.” III, 1, 199. “all must be even in our g.” R2 III, 4, 36. “g. doth keep in one consent,” H5 I, 2, 180. “is this the g. of Britain's isle?” H6B I, 3, 47. “that no dissension hinder g.” H6C IV, 6, 40. “in bearing weight of g.” H6C IV, 6, 40 “in him there is a hope of g.” R3 II, 3, 12. “the kingly g. of this your land,” III, 7, 132. “his peaceable reign and good g.” Per. II, 1, 108.
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