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Love, subst. 1) strong liking, tender attachment, particularly the passion between the sexes: Ven. 4. Ven. 4 Ven. 4 Ven. 4 Ven. 4 Ven. 4 220 etc. etc. Lucr. Ded. Ven. 4 Compl. 238. Gent. I, 1, 21. II, 7, 2. Wiv. III, 4, 1. R2 III, 2, 135. R3 IV, 1, 4 etc. etc. “l. is blind,” Merch. II, 6, 36. H5 V, 2, 327 etc. (see below). Plur. --s; with reference to several persons, or to several attachments of the same person: “the story of your --s,” Gent. V, 4, 171. “met your --s in their own fashion,” LLL V, 2, 793. LLL V, 2, 793 Wint. I, 1, 10. John IV, 2, 168. H6C V, 7, 36. Cor. III, 2, 84. Tim. V, 4, 17. Caes. III, 2, 241. Mcb. III, 1, 122. with reference to two persons attached to each other: “our undivided --s are one,” Sonn. 36, 2. “our fathers would applaud our --s,” Gent. I, 3, 48. Ado III, 1, 114. Mids. I, 1, 172. As I, 2, 287. H8 IV, 2, 132. Oth. II, 1, 196. with reference to single persons: “make your --s to me,” Lr. V, 3, 88 (Qq love). “think on thy sins. They are --s I bear to you,” Oth. V, 2, 40 (the later Ff love). “dear l.” Wiv. IV, 6, 9 (cf. Dear). true l. (cf. True) Sonn. 40, 3. 72, 9. Tp. IV, 84. Gent. IV, 2, 126 etc. to bear l. (cf. Bear): Tp. I, 2, 141. Gent. III, 1, 166. Wiv. IV, 6, 9. As Epil. Wiv. IV, 6, 9 Wiv. IV, 6, 9 Oth. II, 1, 40. V, 2, 40 etc. “to give l.” As III, 5, 89. to make l. == to copulate: “making l. over the nasty sty,” Hml. III, 4, 93; with to, == to court, to woo: Gent. IV, 2, 126. Wiv. I, 3, 48. Mids. I, 1, 107. Shr. I, 2, 136. Lr. V, 3, 88. “that I to your assistance do make l.” Mcb. III, 1, 124. “they did make l. to this employment,” Hml. V, 2, 57. With “of:” Sonn. 10, 13. Gent. III, 1, 46. III, 2, 30. V, 2, 52. Wiv. V, 5, 7. Ado V, 1, 199. H6C IV, 1, 126. Cor. II, 1, 111. Ant. I, 1, 44 etc. With “to:” Ven. 412. Ven. 412 Sonn. 85, 11. Gent. II, 6, 28. III, 2, 48. LLL V, 2, 415. Mids. II, 1, 76. IV, 1, 170. As I, 1, 138. I, 2, 14. H6A II, 4, 121. Lr. I, 2, 17 (my father's l. is to the bastard Edmund as to the legitimate; perhaps is to == belongs to; see Be) etc. With an inf. (== inclination, propensity): “l. to disgrace it,” Ven. 412. my l. sometimes == the love borne to me, felt for me: “who shuns thy l. shuns all his l. in me,” All's II, 3, 79. “my l. and fear glued many friends to thee,” H6C II, 6, 5. for l. == impelled by kind attachment: “but l., for l., thus shall excuse my jade,” Sonn. 51, 12. “that you for l. speak well of me,” 72, 10. 136, 4. Mids. III, 2, 311. Merch. II, 5, 13. “for the l. of Silvia,” Gent. V, 2, 52. Wiv. V, 5, 7. Ado V, 1, 199. As Epil. Ado V, 1, 199 Ado V, 1, 199 H6C IV, 1, 126. “for l. of:” Sonn. 10, 13. “for my l.:” Sonn. 40, 5. Tw. II, 4, 93. III, 4, 347. == for the sake of: “for Collatine's dear l.” Lucr. 821. “for the fault's l. is the offender friended,” Meas. IV, 2, 116. “for your l. I'll take this ring from you,” Merch. IV, 1, 427. As I, 1, 136. Cor. II, 1, 111. Ant. I, 1, 44. in l. == a) out of love, moved by tender affection: “in l. of your brother's honour . . . you have discovered thus,” Ado II, 2, 37. “in l. unto Demetrius, I told him,” Mids. III, 2, 309. Merch. IV, 1, 429. Troil. IV, 5, 84. b) enamoured: Ven. 438. Sonn. 47, 4. 138, 12. Gent I, 1, 24. II, 1, 17. II, 1, 17 III, 1, 264. III, 2, 88. Meas. I, 2, 178. LLL I, 2, 60. Merch. I, 1, 46 etc. “in l. with:” Ven. 722. Gent. II, 1, 87. Wiv. I, 4, 110. Ado II, 3, 244. LLL I, 1, 62. Mids. II, 1, 260. III, 2, 6. Tw. II, 3, 180. Wint. IV, 4, 233. H4A V, 4, 106 etc. “to fall in l.” Gent. I, 2, 2. “to fall in l. with:” Ado II, 1, 397. V, 2, 61. Cor. I, 5, 22 etc. “my spirit grows heavy in l.” LLL I, 2, 127 (Armado's speech); cf. “my grief in l.” As III, 5, 88. “grew so in l. with the wenches' song,” Wint. IV, 4, 618. “sick in l. with Beatrice,” Ado III, 1, 21. out of l., the contrary to it, == no more in l., disinclined to: “to make my master out of l. with thee,” Gent. IV, 4, 210. “I am so out of l. with life,” Meas. III, 1, 174. As IV, 1, 35. H4B II, 2, 14. of all --s, a kind adjuration: “Mistress Page would desire you to send her your little page, of all --s,” Wiv. II, 2, 119. “speak, of all --s,” Mids. II, 2, 154. “he desires you, of all --s, to make no more noise,” Oth. III, 1, 13 (Ff for love's sake). -- Abstr. pro concr., == a person in love: “the prince and Monsieur L.” Ado II, 3, 38. As III, 2, 310. “like true, inseparable, faithful --s,” John III, 4, 66.
2) a kindness, a favour done: “what good l. may I perform to you?” John IV, 1, 49. “and get her l. to part,” Ant. I, 2, 186 (induce her to show me kindness at my departure. Most M. Edd. leave). “if I cannot win you to this l.” Per. II, 4, 49. [Meas. II, 3, 40*].
4) that which is cherished: “take all my --s,” Sonn. 40, 1. “his --s are brazen images of canonized saints,” H6B I, 3, 62. == a person beloved; a) masc. a lover, a paramour: “she hears no tidings of her l.” Ven. 867. “some l. of yours hath writ to you,” Gent. I, 2, 79. II, 7, 36. “to search his house for his wife's l.” Wiv. III, 5, 79. Lucr. 1193. Sonn. 144, 1. Wiv. V, 5, 122. Err. II, 2, 127. LLL I, 2, 126. V, 2, 134. John III, 4, 35. R3 IV, 4, 355 (Ff low). Rom. II, 4, 43. Hml. III, 2, 257. a friend: Sonn. 13, 1. Sonn. 13, 1 19, 9. 40, 1. 63, 1. 66, 14. “whether Bassanio had not once a l.” Merch. IV, 1, 277. b) mistress: Ven. 287. Ven. 287 Ven. 287 Ven. 287 Ven. 287 Tp. V, 172. Gent. I, 1, 4. III, 1, 244. III, 1, 244 IV, 2, 99. IV, 2, 99 IV, 3, 20. Mids. I, 1, 84 etc.
5) the god of love, Cupid: Ven. 123. Ven. 123 Ven. 123 Sonn. 137, 1. 153, 9. Gent. I, 1, 39. II, 1, 76. II, 4, 95. II, 4, 95 II, 7, 11. IV, 2, 46. IV, 4, 201. Mids. I, 1, 238. All's I, 3, 117. II, 3, 81. H5 V, 2, 320 etc. Hence the appellative sometimes used as a masc.: “herself hath taught her l. himself to write unto her lover,” Gent. II, 1, 174. “though l. use reason for his precisian, he admits him not for his counsellor,” Wiv. II, 1, 5. “if lusty l. should go in quest of beauty, where should he find it fairer,” John II, 426 (Usually neuter: Ven. 155. Ven. 155 Ven. 155 Gent. IV, 2, 19 etc. etc.).
6) the goddess of love, Venus: “love-sick L.” Ven. 328. “she's L.” Ven. 328 “to which --'s eyes pay tributary gazes,” Ven. 328 “leaves L. upon her back,” Ven. 328 “your Dian was both herself and L.” All's I, 3, 219. “therefore do doves draw L.” Rom. II, 5, 7. Hence the appellative feminine: “l. lacked a dwelling and made him her place,” Compl. 82. “let l., being light, be drowned if she sink,” Err. III, 2, 52. “forerun fair l., strewing her way with flowers,” LLL IV, 3, 380. “I should not deal in her soft laws,” H6C III, 2, 154. “for the l. of l. and her soft hours,” Ant. I, 1, 44.
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