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Grace, subst. 1) a goddess of beauty bestowing pleasingness: “with the garment of a G. the naked and concealed fiend he covers,” Compl. 316. “more G. than boy,” Gent. V, 4, 166. “had I a sister were a G.” Troil. I, 2, 257. “--s her subjects,” Per. I, 1, 13.
2) any excellence which conciliates love or makes well-pleasing: “in great commanders g. and majesty you might behold,” Lucr. 1387. “all jointly listening, but with several --s,” Lucr. 1387 “in fresh numbers number all your --s,” Sonn. 17, 6. “in all external g. you have some part,” 53, 13. “arts with thy sweet --s graced be,” 78, 12. “they rightly do inherit heaven's --s,” 94, 5. “thou makest faults --s,” 96, 4. “of your --s and your gifts to tell,” 103, 12. “some defect in her did quarrel with the noblest g. she owed,” Tp. III, 1, 45. “he is complete in feature and in mind with all good g. to grace a gentleman,” Gent. II, 4, 74. III, 1, 102. IV, 2, 42. Ado II, 1, 128. II, 3, 30. LLL II, 9. LLL II, 9 Mids. I, 1, 206. Merch. II, 7, 33. As II, 2, 13. II, 3, 11. II, 3, 11 III, 2, 151. H5 III, 5, 34. H6B I, 1, 32. R3 II, 4, 13. Rom. II, 3, 15. Hml. IV, 7, 21. Lr. V, 3, 67. Oth. II, 3, 323. Ant. II, 2, 132 etc. “heaven give thee moving --s,” Meas. II, 2, 36 (i. e. the gift of persuasion). “God give him g. to groan,” LLL IV, 3, 21 (i. e. the pleasant faculty of groaning). “that's the dearest g. it renders you,” H4A III, 1, 182. Often almost equivalent to beauty, attraction, charm: “which to her oratory adds more g.” Lucr. 564. “lascivious g. in whom all ill well shows,” Sonn. 40, 13. “how the channel to the stream gave g.” Compl. 285. “a g. it had devouring,” Tp. III, 3, 84. “no ceremony . . . becomes them with one half so good a g. as mercy does,” Meas. II, 2, 62. “less in your knowledge and your g. you show not than our earth's wonder,” Err. III, 2, 31. “if half thy outward --s had been placed about thy thoughts,” Ado IV, 1, 102. “wit's own g. to grace a learned fool,” LLL V, 2, 72. “the moon shines with a good g.” Mids. V, 273. “chid his truant youth with such a g.” H4A V, 2, 63. “natural --s that extinguish art,” H6A V, 3, 192. “can you deliver an oration with a g.?” Tit. IV, 3, 99. 107 (i. e. in a becoming manner). “she would catch another Antony in her strong toil of g.” Ant. V, 2, 351. To do g. == to embellish, to become well: “dost him g. when clouds do blot the heaven,” Sonn. 28, 10. “mourning doth thee g.” 132, 11; and in a moral sense, == to reflect credit on: “to do the profession some g.” H4A II, 1, 79. “if a lie may do thee g.” V, 4, 161 (== may make thee appear in a better light). “any good thing that may to thee do ease and g. to me,” Hml. I, 1, 131. Similarly: “by their hands this g. of kings must die,” H5 II Chor. 28 (== this ornament). To have the g. to do sth. == to do it in a becoming manner: “what g. hast thou thus to reprove these worms?” LLL IV, 3, 153 (== how does it become you?). “few have the g. to do it,” V, 1, 148. “we have not the g. to grace it with such show,” V, 1, 148 “have the g. to consider that tears do not become a man,” As III, 4, 2 (== do, as becomes you, consider).
3) favour, kindness, kind regard: “to gain my g.” Compl. 79. Pilgr. 36. “I will pay thy --s home both in word and deed,” Tp. V, 70. “you shall have g. of the duke,” Meas. IV, 3, 140. “his company must do his minions g.” Err. II, 1, 87; cf. “to do him all the g. and good I could,” V, 164; “now shall my friend Petruchio do me g. and offer me . . .,” Shr. I, 2, 131; “to come at traitors' calls and do them g.” R2 III, 3, 181; “I will make the king do you g.” H4B V, 5, 6; “do g. to Caesar's corpse,” Caes. III, 2, 62. “one woman shall not come in my g.” Ado II, 3, 31. “to win g.” LLL II, 60. “not a man of them shall have the g. to see a lady's face,” LLL V, 2, 128. “these graces challenge g.” H6C IV, 8, 48. “I confess your royal --s,” H8 III, 2, 166. “doth g. for g. and love for love allow,” Rom. II, 3, 86. “shall continue our --s towards him,” Mcb. I, 6, 30. “which by their -- s I will keep,” Cymb. I, 4, 95. “the --s for his merits due,” V, 4, 79 etc.
4) honourable distinction, honour (cf. above “to do g.” H4A II, 1, 79. Caes. III, 2, 62): “to undergo such ample g. and honour,” Meas. I, 1, 24. “that loose g. which shallow laughing hearers give to fools,” LLL V, 2, 869. “to their penned speech render we no g.” LLL V, 2, 869 “ancestry whose g. chalks successors their way,” H8 I, 1, 59. “do g. to them and bring them in,” Hml. II, 2, 53. “give me g. to lay my duty on your hand,” Ant. III, 13, 81. in g. of == in honour of: “came here in g. of our solemnity,” Mids. IV, 1, 139. “in g. whereof the great cannon to the clouds shall tell,” Hml. I, 2, 124.
5) mercy: “death is all the g. I beg,” Meas. V, 379. “wilt thou kneel for g.” H6C II, 2, 81; cf. Ant. V, 2, 28. “to take our brother Clarence to your g.” R3 II, 1, 76. “cry these dreadful summoners g.” Lr. III, 2, 59 etc.
6) beneficent influence of heaven, divine favour, salvation: “heavenly moisture, air of g.” Ven. 64. “heavens rain g. on that,” Tp. III, 1, 75. “of whose soft g. I have her sovereign aid,” V, 142. “swearest g. o'erboard,” V, 142 “curse the g. that with such grace hath blessed them,” Gent. III, 1, 146. “they have not so little g., I hope,” Wiv. II, 2, 117. “thou art a wicked villain, despite of all g.” Meas. I, 2, 27. “g. go with you,” II, 3, 39; “g. and good company!” III, 1, 44; “g. and good disposition attend your ladyship,” Tw. III, 1, 146. “his affects . . . not by might mastered, but by special g.” LLL I, 1, 153. “the more my prayer, the lesser is my g.” Mids. II, 2, 89 (quibbling). “you have the g. of God, and he hath enough,” Merch. II, 2, 160 (allusion to the proverb: the grace of God is enough). “this action I now go on is for my better g.” Wint. II, 1, 122. “pour your --s upon my daughter's head,” V, 3, 122. “g. thou wilt have none,” H4A I, 2, 19. “by inspiration of celestial g.” H6A V, 4, 40. Ironically: “a goodly prize, fit for the devil's g.” H6A V, 3, 33. Herb of g. == the plant Ruta graveolens: All's IV, 5, 18. R2 III, 4, 105. Hml. IV, 5, 182. “g. grow where those drops fall,” Ant. IV, 2, 38.
7) the headspring of mercy, God: “his g. hath made the match, and all G. say Amen,” Ado II, 1, 315. “I will tell truth: by G. itself I swear,” All's I, 3, 226. “the greatest G. lending g.” II, 1, 163. “G. to boot!” Wint. I, 2, 80. “by the g. of G.” Mcb. V, 8, 72.
8) good fortune, happiness, blessedness: “curse the g. that with such g. hath blessed them,” Gent. III, 1, 146. “unless you have the g. by your fair prayer to soften Angelo,” Meas. I, 4, 69. “the more my prayer, the lesser is my g.” Mids. II, 2, 89 (quibbling). “though I be not so in g. as you,” III, 2, 232. “and I in such a poverty of g.” As III, 5, 100 (Tw. III, 1, 146? see above). “every wink of an eye some new g. will be born,” Wint. V, 2, 120. “a double blessing is a double g.” Hml. I, 3, 53. “further this act of g.” Ant. II, 2, 149. “past hope and in despair; that way, past g.” Cymb. I, 1, 137.
9) blessed disposition of mind, virtue: “desire doth fight with g.” Lucr. 712. “some say thy g. is youth,” Sonn. 96, 2. “disciplined, ay, dieted in g.” Compl. 261. “seek for g.” Tp. V, 295. “the boy hath g. in him; he blushes,” Gent. V, 4, 165. “g., being the soul of your complexion, shall keep the body of it ever fair,” Meas. III, 1, 187. “g. to stand,” III, 2, 278. “when once our g. we have forgot, nothing goes right,” IV, 4, 36. “all the g. that she hath left is that she will not add to her damnation a sin of perjury,” Ado IV, 1, 173. “falsehood turns to g.” LLL V, 2, 786. “if you have any pity, g. or manners,” Mids. III, 2, 241. “they are as innocent as g. itself,” As I, 3, 56; cf. “be they as pure as g.” Hml. I, 4, 33. “I hope your own g. will keep you where you are,” All's III, 5, 28. “put your g. in your pocket,” Tw. V, 35. “out of your g. devise some gentle order,” John III, 1, 250. “make less thy body hence, and more thy g.” H4B V, 5, 56. “a Christian king, unto whose g. our passion is subject,” H5 I, 2, 242. “these --s challenge g.” H6C IV, 8, 48 (== these virtues claim affection). “not a man of you had so much g. to put it in my mind,” R3 II, 1, 120. “bear the inventory of your best --s in your mind,” H8 III, 2, 138. “you are in the state of g.” Troil. III, 1, 15. “two such opposed kings encamp them still in man, g. and rude will,” Rom. II, 3, 28. “the king-becoming --s, as justice, verity, temperance,” Mcb. IV, 3, 91. “time be thine, and thy best --s spend it at thy will,” Hml. I, 2, 63. “conscience and g., to the profoundest pit!” IV, 5, 132. “though we have some g., yet have we some revenge,” Oth. IV, 3, 93. “past g.? obedience?” Cymb. I, 1, 136.
10) thanksgiving before meals: Wiv. I, 1, 274. LLL IV, 2, 161. H4A I, 2, 22. Cor. IV, 7, 3. “to say g.:” Meas. I, 2, 20. Merch. II, 2, 202. Tit. IV, 3, 100.
11) Used as an appellation of persons of the highest rank; of kings and queens: Tp. III, 2, 115. IV, 72. IV, 72 IV, 72 LLL I, 1, 51. II, 32. H6A III, 1, 153. III, 4, 12. IV, 1, 12. H6B I, 1, 4. II, 1, 177 etc. etc. “God save thy g., majesty I should say,” H4A I, 2, 19. Of royal princes and princesses: Ado II, 1, 314. LLL V, 2, 80. 673 etc. Of dukes and duchesses: Gent. III, 1, 52. Gent. III, 1, 52 III, 2, 20. III, 2, 20 V, 4, 123. Meas. I, 1, 26. I, 3, 31. V, 3. Err. V, 136. Mids. I, 1, 39. Mids. I, 1, 39 V, 106. Merch. IV, 1, 2. H6A III, 1, 60. IV, 1, 162. H6B I, 1, 39. I, 2, 71 “(what sayst thou majesty? I am but g.).” R3 I, 1, 84. II, 4, 24. IV, 1, 31 etc. Of high dignitaries of the church: H4A III, 2, 119. H8 I, 4, 21 etc. “G.! not so, friend; honour and lordship are my titles,” Troil. III, 1, 16. “I am thy lover's g.” Mids. V, 197 (Pyramus' speech).
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