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Lest (O. Edd. usually least) for fear that, in order that not; followed by a subjunctive: “give it me, l. thy hard heart do steel it,” Ven. 375. “be wise, l. sorrow lend me words,” Sonn. 140, 3. “smooth not thy tongue, l. she some practice smell,” Pilgr. 307. Phoen. 16. Tp. I, 2, 451. Gent. V, 4, 9. Wiv. V, 5, 86. Meas. II, 3, 30. Err. II, 2, 63. Err. II, 2, 63 III, 1, 37. III, 2, 168. IV, 1, 41. Ado III, 1, 58. Mids. III, 2, 175. Merch. II, 2, 196. III, 1, 22. IV, 1, 258. Shr. Ind. 1, 95. V, 1, 101. H6A II, 4, 50. III, 1, 62. H6B V, 1, 160. H6C I, 3, 9. R3 II, 1, 13. V, 3, 186 etc. Followed by should: “bid suspicion double-lock the door, l. jealousy should disturb the feast,” Ven. 449. “thy lips make modest Dian cloudy and forlorn, l. she should steal a kiss and die forsworn,” Ven. 449 Ven. 449 Lucr. 74. Lucr. 74 Sonn. 36, 10. 71, 13. 72, 1. 89, 11. 148, 14. Gent I, 3, 81. II, 4, 159. II, 7, 23. III, 2, 52. Wiv. III, 5, 150. V, 5, 39. Meas. III, 1, 75. Ado II, 1, 295. Mids. III, 2, 385 “(for fear l. day should look).” Merch. III, 2, 7. Wint. I, 2, 157. II, 1, 84. II, 2, 51. H5 III, 2, 40. R3 II, 2, 124 etc. Followed by will and would: “it were not good she knew his love, l. she'll make sport of it,” Ado III, 1, 58 (Ff she make). I quaked for fear, l. the lunatic knave would “have searched it,” Wiv. III, 5, 105. By may and might: “l. your true love may seem false in this, my name be buried,” Sonn. 72, 9. “I feared l. I might anger thee,” Tp. IV, 169. “fearing l. my jealous aim might err,” Gent. III, 1, 28. “why dost thou ask? l. I might be too rash,” Meas. II, 2, 9. Ado I, 1, 316. H6B III, 2, 262. Caes. II, 1, 28.
L. that == lest (cf. That): “l. that my mistress hear my song,” Pilgr. 348. Err. I, 2, 2. H6C I, 1, 98. Lr. IV, 6, 237. Per. I, 3, 22.
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