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Sing (impf. and partic. sung; impf. sang only in Sonn. 73, 4 for the sake of the rhyme) 1) to utter melodious sounds; absol.: Ven. 1095. Ven. 1095 Sonn. 73, 4. 97, 13. Tp. III, 2, 129. Wiv. V, 5, 69. Err. III, 2, 47. Ado II, 1, 239. II, 3, 50. II, 3, 50 LLL I, 1, 103. Mids. III, 1, 126. Tw. I, 2, 57. II, 3, 21. II, 3, 21 John V, 7, 12. H4B V, 5, 113. Lr. I, 4, 192. Ant. I, 5, 73 etc. when to the lute she sung, Per. IV Prol. 26. With of: “--est of ravishment,” Lucr. 1128. with to: “then to Silvia let us s.” Gent. IV, 2, 49. John IV, 2, 150. Indicating joy: “I have decreed not to s. in my cage,” Ado I, 3, 36. “now she --s in heaven,” All's IV, 3, 63. “I could s., would weeping do me good,” R2 III, 4, 22. “that I may s. and dance,” H6C I, 4, 91. cf. Cor. I, 3, 1. IV, 6, 8. H5 III, 7, 17. Used of birds of any kind, even of the owl: LLL V, 2, 927 (cf. H6C II, 6, 57). of the cuckoo: Wiv. II, 1, 127. LLL V, 2, 909. of pies: H6C V, 6, 48. of the crow: Merch. V, 102. of the raven: Tit. III, 1, 158. of crickets: Cymb. II, 2, 11. Per. III Prol. 7. of the bagpipe: Merch. IV, 1, 49.
Hence applied to the whistling of the wind: “through his mane and tail the high wind --s,” Ven. 305. “the winds did s. it to me,” Tp. III, 3, 97. “move the still-peering air, that --s with piercing,” All's III, 2, 114. Such a sound supposed to announce a tempest: I hear it (the storm) “s. in the wind,” Tp. II, 2, 20. “a man may hear this shower s. in the wind,” Wiv. III, 2, 38. “we hear this fearful tempest s.” R2 II, 1, 263.
With an accus. denoting an effect: “s. me now asleep,” Mids. II, 2, 7. Tit. V, 3, 163. “s. him home,” As IV, 2, 13. “who had even tuned his bounty to s. happiness to him,” All's IV, 3, 12. “flights of angels s. thee to thy rest,” Hml. V, 2, 371. “she will s. the savageness out of a bear,” Oth. IV, 1, 200. “let us s. him to the ground,” Cymb. IV, 2, 236.
2) trans.; a) to utter or recite melodiously: “--s a woeful ditty,” Ven. 836. “thy trespass sung by children,” Lucr. 525. Pilgr. 383. Tp. II, 2, 46. IV, 109. Gent. I, 2, 80 “(s. it to a tune).” Gent. I, 2, 80 Gent. I, 2, 80 89 “(s. it out).” Wiv. III, 1, 18. V, 5, 95. Ado V, 1, 294 “(s. it to her bones).” LLL III, 14. LLL III, 14 Mids. I, 1, 30. V, 44 “(to the harp).” Tw. I, 5, 290. Wint. IV, 4, 190. Wint. IV, 4, 190 H4A II, 2, 48 “(sung to filthy tunes).” III, 1, 210. H4B III, 2, 340 “(to).” H5 IV, 8, 128. H6A I, 6, 20. H6C II, 6, 57. H8 IV, 1, 92. Tit. III, 1, 85. Tit. III, 1, 85 etc. “to s. a song:” As III, 2, 261. Wint. IV, 4, 58. H4A III, 1, 216. III, 3, 15. H8 V, 5, 35. H8 V, 5, 35.
b) to celebrate, to give praises to in verse: that “happy verse which aptly --s the good,” Tim. I, 1, 17. “s. our bondage,” Cymb. III, 3, 44. Dubious passage: “she will s. any man at first sight. And any man may s. her, if he can take her cliff,” Troil. V, 2, 9. 10 (Ff any man may find her, if he can take her life. Some M. Edd. s. to any man, and s. to her. N. L.).
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