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Prayer (monosyll. or dissyll. indiscriminately), 1) entreaty, supplication: “but she with vehement --s urgeth still under what colour he commits this ill,” Lucr. 475. “his ear her --s admits,” Lucr. 475 “by your fair p. to soften Angelo,” Meas. I, 4, 69. “until my tears and --s have won his grace,” Err. V, 115. Mids. III, 2, 250. Merch. III, 3, 20. IV, 1, 126 “(to make).” As IV, 3, 55. R2 V, 3, 97. R2 V, 3, 97 R2 V, 3, 97 R2 V, 3, 97 R2 V, 3, 97 R2 V, 3, 97 H6B IV, 7, 73. H6C IV, 6, 7. Hml. I, 2, 118. Oth. I, 3, 152.
2) petition to heaven: Lucr. 344. Sonn. 108, 5. Phoen. 67. Tp. I, 1, 55. Tp. I, 1, 55 I, 2, 422. III, 1, 35. Epil. III, 1, 35 Gent. I, 1, 17. Wiv. II, 2, 102. Meas. II, 2, 151. II, 4, 71. IV, 3, 44. Err. IV, 4, 58. V, 104. Mids. I, 1, 197. II, 2, 62. Merch. III, 1, 23. Wint. V, 3, 141. H6A I, 1, 32. R3 I, 3, 21. V, 3, 241 etc. etc. With to: “my --s to heaven for you,” H8 III, 2, 177. Cor. V, 3, 105. Ant. II, 3, 3. “a book of p.” R3 III, 7, 98. “a book of --s,” IV, 3, 14. “at --s,” Tp. I, 1, 57. “at his --s,” All's II, 5, 46. “fall to thy --s,” H4B V, 5, 51. “forgot my --s,” H8 III, 1, 132. “when you make your --s,” H6B IV, 7, 121. “I'll pray a thousand --s for thy death,” Meas. III, 1, 146. “said many a p.” Wint. V, 3, 141. “while I say one p.” Oth. V, 2, 83. “said a century of --s,” Cymb. IV, 2, 391. “to say my --s,” Wiv. IV, 5, 105. “has thrice her --s said,” V, 5, 54. Ado II, 1, 108. All's I, 1, 228. Tw. III, 4, 131. H4A V, 1, 124. H5 III, 2, 40. IV, 2, 56. Troil. II, 3, 23. Mcb. II, 2, 25. Per. IV, 1, 66. IV, 6, 149. Passing into the sense of kind wishes: “you had my --s,” All's II, 4, 17. “concludes in hearty --s that your attempts may overlive the hazard,” H4B IV, 1, 14. “shall have my --s,” H8 III, 1, 180. “madam, my thanks and --s,” Per. III, 3, 34.
3) the act of addressing the Supreme Being: “he is given to p.” Wiv. I, 4, 13. “the more my p., the lesser is my grace,” Mids. II, 2, 89. “to live in p. and contemplation,” Merch. III, 4, 28. “he is famed for mildness, peace and p.” H6C II, 1, 156. “wast thou in p.?” Troil. II, 3, 39.
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