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Itself (O. Edd. ordinarily in two words), 1) its own nature or substantiality: “beauty within i. should not be wasted,” Ven. 130. “beauty i. doth of i. persuade,” Lucr. 29. “state i. confounded to decay,” Sonn. 64, 10. “without all ornament, i. and true,” 68, 10. “though to i. it only live and die,” 94, 10. “the great globe i.” Tp. IV, 153. it assaults mercy i. Epil. Tp. IV, 153 “most precious in i.” Gent. II, 6, 24. IV, 4, 188. Wiv. III, 5, 32. V, 5, 172. Meas. II, 2, 135. II, 4, 21. III, 1, 150. Ado I, 1, 8 etc. etc. of i., see “Of. Hero i.” Ado IV, 1, 83 (i. e. the name of Hero itself). Separated by an adj.: “woman it pretty self,” Cymb. III, 4, 160.
2) refl. pronoun of the 3d person applied to things: Sonn. 67, 4. Tp. III, 1, 80. Wiv. II, 2, 253. Meas. I, 1, 55. II, 4, 79. III, 1, 262. V, 540. LLL IV, 3, 265 etc.
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