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Heaven, (monosyll. and dissyll. indiscriminately) 1) the sky, the firmament; with the art.: “when clouds do blot the h.” Sonn. 28, 10. “the --'s glorious sun,” LLL I, 1, 84. “the sky, the welkin, the h.” IV, 2, 6. “the sun is in the h.” John III, 3, 34. H4A I, 1, 10. R3 V, 3, 286. Rom. II, 2, 15. Hml. I, 2, 127 (Ff --s). Ant. V, 2, 79. “would use his h. for thunder,” Meas. II, 2, 113. Plur.: “what obscured light the --s did grant,” Err. I, 1, 67. “I never saw the --s so dim,” Wint. III, 3, 56. H4A III, 1, 24. H6A I, 1, 1. H6A I, 1, 1 I, 2, 1. I, 4, 98. H6B III, 3, 19. Caes. I, 3, 44. Hml. I, 2, 127 (Qq h.). II, 2, 506. Ant. III, 12, 14. Without the art. only in the sing.: “the sun that shines from h.” Ven. 193. “like --'s thunder,” Ven. 193 “clouds that shadow --'s light,” Ven. 193 “as bright as --'s beauties,” Lucr. 13. “as h. to kiss the turrets bowed,” Lucr. 13 “h. clears,” Sonn. 148, 12. “dropped from h.” Tp. II, 2, 140. “as far as h. from earth,” Gent. II, 7, 78. “nothing situate under --'s eye,” Err. II, 1, 16. “like to a silver bow new bent in h.” Mids. I, 1, 10. “the floor of h.” Merch. V, 58. “what stars do spangle h.” Shr. IV, 5, 31. Wint. I, 2, 315. H4A III, 1, 14. H4B II, 3, 19. Rom. I, 2, 25. II, 3, 73. Mcb. IV, 3, 6 etc. “--'s air,” Sonn. 21, 8. “the gusts of h.” Merch. IV, 1, 77.
2) the habitation of God and of blessed spirits; with the art.: “why railest thou on thy birth, the h. and earth?” Rom. III, 3, 119. “away to Saint Peter for the --s,” Ado II, 1, 50. “beauty's crest becomes the --s well,” LLL IV, 3, 256. Without the art.: “hymns at --'s gate,” Sonn. 29, 12. “O h., O earth, bear witness.” Tp. III, 1, 68. “nor of h. nor earth,” Gent. V, 4, 80. “prayers that shall be up at h.” Meas. II, 2, 152. “in h. or in hell,” Err. II, 2, 214. IV, 4, 60. Ado II, 1, 47. LLL IV, 3, 345. Merch. II, 2, 68. II, 4, 34. III, 5, 81. H4B II, 3, 17. H6A I, 2, 52. H6C II, 3, 40. Lr. I, 2, 105 etc.
3) a place or state of supreme felicity: “shuts him from the h. of his thought,” Lucr. 338. “the h. that leads men to this hell,” Sonn. 129, 14. “my sole earth's h.” Err. III, 2, 64. Mids. I, 1, 207. II, 1, 243. H8 I, 4, 59. Troil. IV, 4, 120. Tit. II, 3, 41. Rom. IV, 5, 72.
4) the supreme power, God; with the art.: “the h. such grace did lend her,” Gent. IV, 2, 42. “the h. sets spies upon us,” Wint. V, 1, 203. “in this the h. figures some event,” H6C II, 1, 32. Plur.: “what priceless wealth the --s had him lent,” Lucr. 17. “as if the --s should countenance his sin,” Lucr. 17 “O the --s!” Tp. I, 2, 59. Tp. I, 2, 59 “no sweet aspersion shall the --s let fall,” IV, 18. “the --s themselves do guide the state,” Wiv. V, 5, 245. Meas. I, 1, 74. III, 2, 263. LLL V, 1, 78. All's V, 3, 150. Tw. II, 1, 21. III, 1, 95. IV, 2, 103. Wint. I, 1, 34. II, 1, 107. III, 2, 147. V, 1, 5. R2 I, 1, 23. III, 3, 17. H6A II, 1, 47. H6B V, 2, 73. H6C IV, 6, 33. V, 4, 68. V, 6, 78. R3 I, 3, 9. Troil. V, 3, 14. Rom. II, 6, 1. IV, 3, 4 Cymb. III, 3, 3. Without the art.: “to sing --'s praise,” Pilgr. 70. “trouble deaf h.” Sonn. 29, 3. “infused with a fortitude from h.” Tp. I, 2, 154. “here, afore h., I ratify my gift,” IV, 1, 7. “witness h.” Gent. II, 6, 25. “pray h.” II, 7, 79. IV, 3, 31. IV, 4, 112. V, 4, 36. V, 4, 36 Meas. I, 1, 33. I, 2, 4. II, 2, 50. II, 2, 50 II, 3, 33. II, 4, 127. Err. V, 267. All's V, 3, 171 (--'s vows; cf. “heavenly oaths,” LLL V, 2, 356). Tw. III, 4, 51. R2 I, 1, 30. H6A I, 4, 83. Caes. I, 3, 69 etc. etc. “by h.!” Sonn. 130, 13. Gent. III, 1, 166. H6B V, 1, 104 etc. “I would to h.” Meas. II, 2, 67. John III, 4, 48. IV, 1, 23. “for h. sake,” John IV, 1, 78 (cf. Sake). Used as a neuter: Gent. IV, 4, 112. Meas. II, 3, 33. As a masc.: “h. he knows how we shall answer him,” John V, 7, 60. “as we, under h., are supreme head, so under him that great supremacy . . . .,” III, 1, 155. Oth. IV, 2, 47 (Ff. they). As a plural: “put we the quarrel to the will of h., who, when they see the hours ripe on earth,” R2 I, 2, 6. “h. that long have frowned,” R3 V, 5, 20. “there's husbandry in h.; their candles are all out,” Mcb. II, 1, 4. “heaven hath pleased it so . . . . that I must be their scourge and minister,” Hml. III, 4, 173. “had it pleased h. to try me with affliction; had they rained all kinds of sores on my bare head,” Oth. IV, 2, 47 (Qq had he rained). “if h. slumber while their creatures want,” Per. I, 4, 16 (cf. eternal power in Lucr. 345). Often substituted for God in O. Edd.; see God. Plur. --s: “--s thank you for it,” Tp. I, 2, 175. “--s keep him from these beasts,” II, 1, 324. III, 1, 75. III, 3, 20. Wiv. V, 5, 85. Mids. III, 2, 447. Tw. IV, 3, 34. Wint. IV, 4, 541. H6A I, 5, 9. H6C I, 1, 57. III, 3, 77. 112 etc. “--s!” Tp. I, 2, 428. V, 149. Meas. II, 4, 19. III, 1, 99. LLL IV, 1, 150. Tw. III, 4, 391 etc. Used as a sing.: “be husband to me, --s,” John III, 1, 108. “gentle --s, front to front bring thou this fiend of Scotland and myself,” Mcb. IV, 3, 231.
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