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Lief or Lieve (both forms used by O. Edd., the first preferred by M. Edd.) dear, beloved: “stirred up my liefest liege to be mine enemy,” H6B III, 1, 164. I had as l. == I should like as much; followed by an inf. without to: “I had as l. bear so much lead,” Wiv. IV, 2, 117. “I had as l. be a list of an English kersey,” Meas. I, 2, 34. Meas. I, 2, 34 As IV, 1, 52. Shr. I, 1, 135. Tw. III, 2, 33. R2 V, 2, 49. H4A IV, 2, 19. H4B III, 2, 238. H5 III, 7, 63. Cor. IV, 5, 186. Rom. II, 4, 215. Caes. I, 2, 95. Ant. II, 7, 13. With the inf. of the perf. == I should have liked as much: “I had as l. have heard the night-raven,” Ado II, 3, 84. “I had as l. have been alone,” As III, 2, 269. A subord. clause following: “I had as l. you would tell me,” Wiv. III, 1, 63. “I had as l. thou didst break his neck,” As I, 1, 152. “I had as l. they would put ratsbane in my mouth,” H4B I, 2, 47. “I had as l. Helen's golden tongue had commended Troilus,” Troil. I, 2, 114. “I had as l. the towncrier spoke my lines,” Hml. III, 2, 4.
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