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Light (a word much played on by the poet) subst. 1) that by which it is possible to see, the agency of luminous matter which makes things visible; opposed to darkness: “to lend the world his l.” Ven. 756. “by the l. he spies Lucretia's glove,” Lucr. 316. “l. and lust are deadly enemies,” Lucr. 316 “what l. is l., if Silvia be not seen?” Gent. III, 1, 174. “by day or night, or any kind of l.” Wiv. II, 1, 17. “l. and spirits will become it well,” V, 2, 13. “as there comes l. from heaven,” Meas. V, 225. “what obscured l. the heavens did grant,” Err. I, 1, 67. Err. I, 1, 67 “by her own l.” III, 2, 99. “a woman sometimes an you saw her in the l. Perchance l. in the l.” LLL II, 198. Mids. III, 2, 188. Mids. III, 2, 188 Mids. III, 2, 188 All's I, 1, 99. R2 I, 3, 176. III, 2, 43. V, 6, 44. H4A III, 3, 42. H4B II, 3, 19. H6B II, 4, 40. H6C II, 1, 37. II, 5, 2. R3 IV, 4, 401. Tit. V, 2, 33. Tim. V, 1, 48. Mcb. I, 4, 51. II, 4, 10. III, 2, 50. Cymb. III, 1, 45. Per. I, 2, 10. to give l. == to be luminous, to shine: Ven. 491. LLL IV, 3, 32. Mids. V, 398. Merch. V, 129. H4A V, 1, 18. H6B II, 1, 67. H6C II, 6, 2. Tim. IV, 3, 67. Caes. II, 1, 45. Ant. III, 2, 65. by this l., used as an oath: Tp. II, 2, 154. III, 2, 17. Ado V, 1, 140. V, 4, 93. LLL IV, 3, 10. Shr. II, 275. John I, 259. H4B II, 2, 69. H8 V, 1, 173. “by this good l.” Tp. II, 2, 147. Wint. II, 3, 82. “by this day and this l.” H5 IV, 8, 66 (Fluellen's speech). “God's l.” H4A III, 3, 71 (the hostess' speech). H4B II, 4, 142 (Doll's speech. Ff what). 159 (Ff om.).
2) any luminous body; the sun, a star, a torch, a taper etc.: Ven. 826. Lucr. 673. Lucr. 673 Sonn 7 Tp. I, 2, 335. Wiv. V, 2, 2. V, 3, 15. Meas. IV, 1, 4. LLL I, 1, 88. V, 2, 633. Mids. IV, 3, 231. Merch. V, 89. Tw. IV, 2, 113. Tw. IV, 2, 113 R2 I, 3, 221. H4A III, 3, 51. H6C II, 1, 31. R3 V, 3, 180. Troil. V, 1, 75. Rom. I, 4, 12. V, 3, 25. Tim. I, 2, 234. II, 2, 170. Mcb. III, 3, 9. Mcb. III, 3, 9 Mcb. III, 3, 9 V, 1, 25. Cymb. I, 6, 109 etc.
3) the brightness of the eye, power of seeing: “the eyes fly from their --s,” Lucr. 461. “dying eyes gleamed forth their ashy --s,” Lucr. 461 “O that your eyes had the --s they were wont to have,” Gent. II, 1, 77. “l. seeking l. doth l. of l. beguile,” LLL I, 1, 77. “by l. we lose l.” V, 2, 376. “bended their l. on me,” Hml. II, 1, 100. “to see the enclosed --s,” Cymb. II, 2, 21. cf. Meas. IV, 1, 4.
4) brightness, glory: “to lend base subjects l.” Sonn. 100, 4. “angels of l.” Err. IV, 3, 56. “spirits of l.” LLL IV, 3, 257. “thou keepest me from the l.” H6C V, 6, 84. “fair glass of l., I loved you,” Per. I, 1, 76. Applied to persons: “those suns of glory, those two --s of men,” H8 I, 1, 6.
5) illumination of mind, mental sight: “that hath dazzled my reason's l.” Gent. II, 4, 210. “the l. of truth,” LLL I, 1, 75. “l. seeking l. doth l. of l. beguile,” LLL I, 1, 75 “his small l. of discretion,” Mids. V, 257.
6) information, knowledge, notice given: “that I had any l. from thee of this,” Gent. III, 1, 49. “why you have given me such clear --s of favour,” Tw. V, 344. “we had a kind of light what would ensue,” John IV, 3, 61. “I'll give some l. unto you,” Per. I, 3, 18. to bring to l. == to make known: Lucr. 940. Meas. III, 2, 189. Ado V, 1, 240. H5 II, 2, 185. H6B III, 1, 65. to come to l. == to become known: Ado IV, 1, 112. Merch. II, 2, 83. H5 IV, 8, 23. H8 III, 2, 29. “to keep them from the l.” Per. I, 1, 136.
7) life: brought to l. and come to l. == born: R3 I, 2, 22. Tit. IV, 2, 125. cf. R2 I, 3, 221. Oth. I, 3, 410. V, 2, 7. V, 2, 7
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