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Presence, 1) the state of being in a certain place or company: “we fairies that do run from the p. of the sun,” Mids. V, 392. my p. may well abate the over-merry “spleen,” Shr. Ind. 1, 136. “his p. must be the whip of the other,” All's IV, 3, 42. “what p. must not know, from where you do remain, let paper show,” R2 I, 3, 249 (== what cannot be uttered here where we are together). John II, 542. IV, 3, 22. H4A III, 2, 39. H4A III, 2, 39 H6A III, 1, 181. H6B I, 1, 141. III, 2, 219. R3 I, 2, 58. III, 4, 26. H8 I, 1, 30. V, 5, 72. Tit. V, 3, 42. Mcb. III, 1, 15. III, 6, 22. Oth. III, 3, 281. Ant. III, 7, 11. Per. II, 3, 21. “in the p. of:” Meas. I, 4, 11. H4A III, 2, 54. Cor. III, 3, 97. Caes. III, 1, 199. “in p. of:” H6B I, 1, 6. R3 I, 3, 115. “in your p.” Merch. III, 4, 1. Tw. II, 5, 191. H6B III, 2, 238. H8 V, 3, 124. Lr. IV, 3, 13. in p. == present, not absent: “you were in p. then,” R2 IV, 62. H4B IV, 4, 17. H5 I, 2, 2. II, 4, 111. “when he approacheth to your p.” Gent. V, 4, 32 (== when he approaches you). H6C III, 3, 44. “crowd to his p.” Meas. II, 4, 29 (== round him). “if you come in her p.” Ado I, 1, 124. H8 I, 2, 197. “to come into his p.” All's V, 1, 21. H6B V, 1, 65. H8 I, 4, 59. “tender your persons to his p.” Wint. IV, 4, 827. “desires access to your high p.” V, 1, 88. “call them to our p.” R2 I, 1, 15. H6B III, 2, 15. R3 I, 3, 39. “admitted to your p.” Tit. V, 1, 153. “will not be denied your highness' p.” Ant. V, 2, 234. “take him from our p.” Cymb. V, 5, 301.
Often == company: “wherefore with infection should he live and with his p. grace impiety?” Sonn. 67, 2. “repair me with thy p.” Gent. V, 4, 11. “I promised your p. and the chain,” Err. IV, 1, 23. “no marvel though Demetrius do fly my p.” Mids. II, 2, 97. “from his p. I am barred,” Wint. III, 2, 98. “be somewhat scanter of your maiden p.” Hml. I, 3, 121. “heavens make our p. and our practices pleasant and helpful to him,” II, 2, 38. Mids. III, 2, 80. Wint. I, 2, 38. R2 II, 3, 63. V, 3, 40. Troil. III, 3, 28. Lr. I, 2, 176.
2) Abstr. pro concr., == persons of rank assembled in a place, noble company: “p. majestical would put him out,” LLL V, 2, 102 (i. e. the princess being present). “here is like to be a good p. of Worthies,” LLL V, 2, 102 “in such a p. here to plead my thoughts,” Mids. I, 1, 61. “it ill beseems this p. to cry aim,” John II, 196. “come I appellant to this princely p.” R2 I, 1, 34. “the best in all this p.” IV, 32. IV, 32 IV, 32 H6A I, 1, 21. H6B I, 3, 114. II, 3, 101. III, 2, 228. R3 I, 3, 54. II, 1, 58. II, 1, 58 II, 1, 58 III, 4, 66. H8 IV, 2, 37 (i' the p. he would say untruths, i. e. before the king and his court). Hml. V, 2, 239 “(this p. knows).” Ant. II, 2, 111. Per. II, 3, 49. cf. Cade's speech in H6B IV, 7, 32: be it known unto thee by these p.; cf. As I, 2, 132.
3) personal appearance, air, mien, port: “be as thy p. is, gracious and kind,” Sonn. 10, 11. “bear a fair p., though your heart be tainted,” Err. III, 2, 13. “of such enchanting p. and discourse,” Err. III, 2, 13 “which parti-coloured p. of loose love put on by us,” LLL V, 2, 776. “now he goes, with no less p., but with much more love, than young Alcides,” Merch. III, 2, 54. “of excellent growth and p.” As I, 2, 130. “how should I behold the sternness of his p.” Wint. IV, 4, 24. “your p. is too bold and peremptory,” H4A I, 3, 17. “I will put on his p.” Troil. III, 3, 272. “show a fair p. and put off these frowns,” Rom. I, 5, 75. “nature this dowry gave, to glad her p.” Per. I, 1, 9. “is't not a goodly p.?” V, 1, 66 (German: eine schöne Erscheinung).
4) person, personality, the whole of the personal qualities of an individual: “lord of thy p. and no land beside,” John I, 137. “lord of our p., Angiers, and of you,” II, 367. “your royal --s be ruled by me,” II, 367 “how dare thy joints forget to pay their awful duty to our p.?” R2 III, 3, 76. “my p., like a robe pontifical, ne'er seen but wondered at,” H4A III, 2, 56; cf. H4A III, 2, 56 84; and Verges' blunder in Ado III, 5, 34.
5) presence-chamber, state-room: “suppose the grass whereon thou treadest the p. strewed,” R2 I, 3, 289. “the two great cardinals wait in the p.” H8 III, 1, 17. “her beauty makes this vault a feasting p. full of light,” Rom. V, 3, 86.
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