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Life, 1) the state in which the soul and body are united; opposed to death: “they would not take her l.” Tp. I, 2, 267. every thing advantageous to l. (== subsistence) II, 1, 49; cf. “competence of l.” H4B V, 5, 70. “if of l. you keep a care,” Tp. II, 1, 303. “a thrid of mine own life,” IV, 1, 3. long l. 24; cf. H4B V, 3, 54; Ant. I, 2, 32. “thy father hath his l.” Err. V, 390 (his life shall be spared). “God save your l.” LLL IV, 2, 150. “till thy l. end,” Mids. II, 2, 61. “there may as well be amity and l. 'tween snow and fire,” Merch. III, 2, 30 (snow and fire may as well be on terms of friendship and not destroy each other). “my l. upon't,” Tw. II, 4, 23. “doth sway my l.” II, 5, 118. “punish my l.” V, 141; cf. “upon pain of l.” R2 I, 3, 140 and R2 I, 3, 140 “the l. to come,” Wint. IV, 2, 30; Mcb. I, 7, 7. “I desire my l. once more to look on him,” Wint. V, 1, 137 (== in my l.). “the main chance of things as yet not come to l.” H4B III, 1, 84 (having begun to exist). “her l. in Rome would be eternal in our triumph,” Ant. V, 1, 65 (her being brought alive to Rome) etc. etc. to give l. == a) to beget: John IV, 1, 90. R2 II, 3, 155. H4B IV, 5, 117. H6A IV, 7, 6. H6C II, 5, 92. Tit. IV, 2, 123. b) to save: Merch. V, 286. Tw. V, 83. John II, 13. H6A IV, 6, 5. c) to spare: H5 II, 2, 50. Tit. II, 3, 159 etc. for l. == in order not to incur death: “from a bear a man would run for l.” Err. III, 2, 159. “I dare not for my l.” Shr. IV, 3, 1; John III, 1, 132; Caes. IV, 3, 62. “stir not, for your lives,” H6C II, 4, 18. “haste thee, for thy l.” Lr. V, 3, 251. “hold, for your lives,” Oth. II, 3, 164 etc. “l. and death!” Lr. I, 4, 318. “God's my l.” Ado IV, 2, 72 and Mids. IV, 1, 209 (Dogberry and Bottom speaking). “'od's my little l.” As III, 5, 43. “by my l.!” As IV, 1, 159. V, 2, 77. Tw. II, 5, 95. for my l. (== as sure as I live) Ado III, 2, 76. LLL V, 2, 728. Shr. III, 1, 49. Wint. IV, 3, 108. R3 IV, 1, 3. “on my l.!” Wiv. V, 5, 200. As I, 2, 294. Wint. V, 1, 43 (cf. Lr. II, 2, 52 and Tw. IV, 1, 49). “o' my l.!” Wiv. I, 1, 40. a l. == on my l. Wint. IV, 4, 264. -- Plur. “lives:” Tp. I, 1, 50. Err. I, 1, 8. LLL I, 1, 1. Tw. II, 3, 10 (some M. Edd. life). II, 5, 15. John II, 277. John II, 277 V, 4, 38. R2 I, 1, 198. II, 1, 245. III, 1, 4. III, 2, 151. H6A II, 5, 81 etc. Sing. for plur.: “they desire yet their l. to see him a man,” Wint. I, 1, 45. “from these a pair of lovers take their l.” Wint. I, 1, 45. “all the voyage of their l. is bound in shallows,” Caes. IV, 3, 220. Singular use of the def. art.: “the aim of all is but to nurse the l. with honour, wealth and ease,” Lucr. 141. “that which we have fled during the l., let us not wrong it dead,” H6A IV, 7, 50. The abstr. for the concr.: “whilst I see lives, the gashes do better upon them,” Mcb. V, 8, 2 (== living creatures).
2) the time allotted for the existence of a man: “she that dwells ten leagues beyond man's l.” Tp. II, 1, 247 (at a greater distance than man is able to reach in his lifetime). “speak once in thy l.” III, 2, 24. “more wit than ever I learned before in my l.” Wiv. IV, 5, 62. “to live a barren sister all your l.” Mids. I, 1, 72. All's II, 3, 85. Tw. I, 3, 87. H4A V, 2, 8 etc.
3) course and manner of living: “a clear l.” Tp. III, 3, 82. “the story of my l.” V, 304; Err. I, 1, 138. “that l. is altered now,” Gent. II, 4, 128. “it is a l. that I have desired,” Wiv. I, 3, 21. “leads an ill l. with him,” II, 2, 92; 122; Err. III, 2, 67; Shr. IV, 1, 143; H4B II, 4, 310; V, 3, 146; Cor. V, 3, 95. “bid farewell to your good l.” Wiv. III, 3, 127. “I loved the l. removed,” Meas. I, 3, 8. “there is a kind of character in thy l.” I, 1, 28. “the idea of her l.” Ado IV, 1, 226. “a song of good l.” Tw. II, 3, 37. “I must give over this l.” H4A I, 2, 107. “I shall have such a l.” Troil. IV, 2, 22. “thinkest thou I'ld make a l. of jealousy,” Oth. III, 3, 177. “my desolation does begin to make a better l.” Ant. V, 2, 2 etc. Plur. “lives:” Gent. IV, 1, 54. R2 II, 1, 11. V, 1, 24 etc. Sing. for plur.: “for some dishonest manners of their l.” H5 I, 2, 49.
4) vital energy, vivacity, animation, spirit: “the l. and feeling of her passion she hoards,” Lucr. 1317. “it was defect of spirit, l. and bold audacity,” Lucr. 1317 “here's a simple line of l.” Merch. II, 2, 169 (a line in the palm of the hand promising good fortune); cf. Sonn. 16, 9. “these your unusual weeds to each part of you do give a l.” Wint. IV, 4, 2. “a lad of l.” H5 IV, 1, 45. “the tract of every thing would by a good discourser lose some l.” H8 I, 1, 41. “these looks infuse new l. in me,” Tit. I, 461. “high in name and power, higher than both in blood and l.” Ant. I, 2, 197. “she shows a body rather than a l.” III, 3, 23. “strikes l. into my speech,” Cymb. III, 3, 97 etc. there's l. in it == there are hopes still: Tw. I, 3, 118. Lr. IV, 6, 206. cf. “what l. is in that, to be the death of this marriage?” Ado II, 2, 19.
5) that which makes to live, the source of existence: “fly I hence, I fly away from l.” Gent. III, 1, 187. “thy husband is thy lord, thy l., thy keeper,” Shr. V, 2, 146. “behold our patroness, the l. of Rome,” Cor. V, 5, 1. “and die with looking on his l.” Ant. I, 5, 34. Used as a compellation of endearment: Gent. I, 3, 45. Mids. III, 2, 246. John III, 4, 104. H6A I, 4, 23. IV, 7, 1. Rom. IV, 5, 58. Cymb. V, 5, 226 etc.
6) the inmost part, essence, substance: the l. of purity, the supreme fair (viz the sun) Lucr. 780. “hear me breathe my l. before this ancient sir,” Wint. IV, 4, 371. “the l. of all his blood is touched corruptibly,” John V, 7, 1. “my l. itself, and the best part of it, thanks you for this great care,” H8 I, 2, 1. “our project's l. this shape of sense assumes,” Troil. I, 3, 385. “there you touched the l. of our design,” II, 2, 194.
7) reality, nature, naturalness: “when a painter would surpass the l.” Ven. 289. “a thousand objects art gave lifeless l.” Lucr. 1374. “with good l. and observation strange,” Tp. III, 3, 86. “never counterfeit of passion came so near the l. of passion,” Ado II, 3, 110. “the l. as lively mocked,” Wint. V, 3, 19. “with such l. of majesty, warm l., as now it coldly stands,” Wint. V, 3, 19 “to demonstrate the l. of such a battle in l. so lifeless as it shows itself,” H5 IV, 2, 54. things which cannot in their huge and proper l. be here presented, V Chor. H5 IV, 2, 54 “it is a pretty mocking of the l.” Tim. I, 1, 35. “livelier than l.” Tim. I, 1, 35 “the true l. on't,” Cymb. II, 4, 76. to the l. == in exact keeping with nature and truth, naturally: “such a part which never I shall discharge to the l.” Cor. III, 2, 106. “give them repetition to the l.” Per. V, 1, 247.
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