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Peace, 1) freedom from war with a foreign nation, cessation of hostilities: Lucr. 831. Gent. V, 2, 17. Meas. I, 2, 17. John II, 84. John II, 84 III, 1, 1. III, 1, 1 III, 1, 1 III, 1, 1 V, 7, 84. R2 II, 1, 174. H5 V, 2, 34. H6A I, 1, 77. Cymb. V, 1, 20 etc. etc. to make p. == a) to finish war: John V, 1, 63. Cor. V, 6, 79 etc. b) to effect a p.: “all the swords in Italy could not have made this p.” Cor. V, 3, 209 (cf. Make). “the cardinal cannot make your p.” John V, 1, 74. “to make up a p.” Cor. V, 3, 140. “to conclude p.” H6A V, 4, 107. “to contract a p.” H6B I, 1, 40.
2) public tranquillity, quiet and order: “to wake our p., which in our country's cradle draws the sweet infant breath of gentle sleep,” R2 I, 3, 132; cf. “p. shall go sleep with Turks and infidels,” IV, 139 (i. e. Turks etc. shall live in peace); “and there awake God's gentle sleeping p.” R3 I, 3, 288. “I am not here against your father's p.” H4B IV, 2, 31; cf. “the king's p.” H6A I, 3, 75. the rod, and bird of p. (the dove) H8 IV, 1, 89. “trouble not the p.” Cor. V, 6, 129; cf. Cor. V, 6, 129 “uproar the universal p.” Mcb. IV, 3, 99 etc. etc. “to break the p.” H6A I, 3, 58. “to break p.” H4B IV, 1, 85. “to keep the p.” John IV, 3, 93. H4B II, 1, 67. H6A III, 1, 87. Tit. II, 1, 37. Rom. I, 1, 75. I, 2, 3. “a justice of p.” Wiv. I, 1, 6. Wiv. I, 1, 6 H4B III, 2, 65. H6B IV, 7, 45. “now a man of p.” Wiv. II, 3, 45. though I now be old and of the p. 47 (i. e. an officer of the public peace); cf. I am sworn of the p. 55; “it well befits you should be of the p.” H4B III, 2, 99. “lads of p.” Wiv. III, 1, 113. “men of p.” LLL V, 1, 37. Represented as being under the protection of God: Meas. I, 2, 4. John II, 35. John II, 35 H4B IV, 2, 29. H5 IV, 3, 31. H6A I, 3, 75. R3 I, 3, 288 etc.
3) a state of concord or reconciliation between persons or parties: “for the p. of you I hold such strife,” Sonn. 75, 3. “a' must keep p.” Ado II, 3, 202. break the p. ib. “the treason and you go in p. away together,” LLL IV, 3, 192. “p. and gentle visitation,” V, 2, 181. “all things shall be p.” Mids. III, 2, 377. Tw. I, 5, 227. V, 389. John IV, 2, 250. R2 III, 2, 127. H4A IV, 3, 62. H5 V, 2, 1. Mcb. I, 5, 47 (keep p. between the effect and it == prevent its execution) etc. “to be at p.” H6A III, 1, 117. IV, 1, 115. “to set at p.” R3 II, 1, 6 (Ff made at p.). to take p. with == to appease, to conciliate: H8 II, 1, 85. “to make one's p.:” Tw. III, 4, 296. R3 I, 2, 198. Caes. III, 1, 197. Ant. II, 5, 70.
4) quiet, content, secure tranquillity: “work the p. of the present,” Tp. I, 1, 24. “incensed the seas and shores against your p.” III, 3, 75. “p. be in this place,” Meas. I, 4, 6. Meas. I, 4, 6 III, 1, 44. IV, 3, 110. “depart in p.” Ado III, 3, 73; cf. H6B II, 3, 26. “p. be to me and every man that dares not fight,” LLL I, 1, 228. “encounters mounted are against your p.” V, 2, 83. “this uncivil and unjust extent against your p.” Tw. IV, 1, 58. “p. in this prison!” IV, 2, 21. “p. be with us,” H4B V, 2, 26. “nor heaven nor earth have been at p.” Caes. II, 2, 1. “the tyrant has not battered at their p.” Mcb. IV, 3, 178. “to put up in p. what I have suffered,” Oth. IV, 2, 181 etc. p. be with you, a kind wish at parting: Wiv. III, 5, 57. Meas. III, 2, 274. Ado V, 1, 196. Merch. IV, 1, 448. Rom. III, 1, 59. Lr. I, 1, 250.
Particularly denoting the internal quiet of the mind: “we wish your p.” Tp. IV, 163. “bless with sweet p.” Mids. V, 425. “that my soul may live at p.” Tw. IV, 3, 28. “put rancours in the vessel of my p.” Mcb. III, 1, 67. “to gain our p.” III, 2, 20 etc. Found in death: Meas. V, 401. H4B V, 2, 25. R3 II, 1, 5. H8 IV, 2, 156. Mcb. III, 2, 20. IV, 3, 179 etc.
5) silence: to hold one's p. == to be silent: Gent. V, 2, 18. Meas. V, 79. Tw. II, 3, 68. Tw. II, 3, 68 Wint. I, 2, 28. R2 III, 4, 47. H6A III, 2, 58. H6B I, 3, 179. Rom. I, 3, 49. Hml. I, 2, 246. Lr. I, 4, 202. Oth. V, 2, 219 etc. “hold your --s,” Wint. II, 1, 139. p., alone, == be silent: Lucr. 1284. Tp. II, 1, 9. Tp. II, 1, 9 Gent. II, 1, 99. IV, 1, 9. IV, 1, 9 IV, 2, 38. Wiv. I, 1, 138. Err. IV, 4, 61. V, 178. Ado IV, 2, 46. LLL I, 1, 228. V, 2, 483. Merch. V, 109. R2 V, 2, 80. H6A I, 3, 59. H6B I, 3, 178 etc. etc. “p. your tongue,” Wiv. I, 4, 85 (Dr. Caius' speech). “p. your tattlings,” IV, 1, 26 (Evans' speech). “p., foolish woman. I will not p.” R2 V, 2, 81. “p. thou!” H6C I, 1, 120. “when the thunder would not p. at my bidding,” Lr. IV, 6, 104. “hold your p. I p.!” Oth. V, 2, 219 (Qq I hold my p.).
Personified as a fem.: H4B I, 2, 233. H5 V, 2, 34.
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