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Prime, subst. 1) height of perfection, flower of life: “flowers that are not gathered in their p.” Ven. 131. “they wither in their p.” Ven. 131 “sith in his p. Death doth my love destroy,” Ven. 131 “the lovely April of her p.” Sonn. 3, 10. “past p.” 12, 3. “a pure unstained p.” 70, 8. “losing this verdure even in the p.” Gent. I, 1, 49. “love is crowned with the p. in spring time,” As V, 3, 33. “all that happiness and p. can happy call,” All's II, 1, 185. “come to p.” R2 V, 2, 51. “the p. of youth,” H6C II, 1, 23. “cropped the golden p. of this sweet prince,” R3 I, 2, 248. “thy p. of manhood,” IV, 4, 170. “in my p. of youth,” V, 3, 119.
2) the spring of the year: “to add a more rejoicing to the p.” Lucr. 332. “bearing the wanton burden of the p.” Sonn. 97, 7.
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