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Honey, subst. 1) the sweet substance gathered by bees: Lucr. 493. Lucr. 493 Lucr. 493 Gent. I, 2, 106. LLL V, 2, 231. As III, 3, 31. All's I, 2, 65. Wint. IV, 4, 813. H4A I, 2, 47. III, 2, 71. H4B IV, 5, 77. H5 I, 2, 199. II, 2, 30. IV, 1, 11. Troil. I, 3, 83. II, 2, 144. V, 10, 43. V, 10, 43 Tit. II, 3, 131. Rom. II, 6, 11. Per. II Prol. 18. II, 1, 51. “the h. of his language,” H8 III, 2, 22; cf. Hml. III, 1, 164. “the h. of thy breath,” Rom. V, 3, 92. Adjectively, == sweet: “h. secrets,” Ven. 16. “which to his speech did h. passage yield,” Ven. 16 “the h. fee of parting,” Ven. 16 “summer's h. breath,” Sonn. 65, 5; Tit. II, 4, 25. “h. drops,” Tp. IV, 1, 79. “his h. words,” R3 IV, 1, 80. “h. dew,” Tit. III, 1, 112. Applied to persons, in compellations: “my fair, sweet, h. monarch,” LLL V, 2, 530. “my h. love,” Shr. IV, 3, 52. “my good sweet h. lord,” H4A I, 2, 179. “sweet h. Greek,” Troil. V, 2, 18. “O h. nurse,” Rom. II, 5, 18.
2) sweet one; a fond compellation: “h., sweet husband,” H5 II, 3, 1 (F1. 2 honey sweet). “h., you shall be well desired in Cyprus,” Oth. II, 1, 206.
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