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Till, 1) prepos. to the time of: “from morn t. night,” Ven. 154. “must not die t. mutual overthrow of mortal kind,” Ven. 154 “and t. action, lust is perjured,” Sonn. 129, 2. “farewell t. half an hour hence,” Tp. III, 1, 91. “never t. this day,” IV, 144. “t. the perpetual doom,” Wiv. V, 5, 62. “t. that I'll view the manners of the town,” Err. I, 2, 12. “t. bed-time,” Err. I, 2, 12 “t. a merrier hour,” Err. I, 2, 12 “I never saw her t. this time,” II, 2, 164. “t. doomsday,” III, 2, 101. “t. this present hour,” V, 401. “not t. a hot January,” Ado I, 1, 94. “not t. Monday,” II, 1, 374. “wonder not t. further warrant,” III, 2, 115. “t. the break of day,” Mids. III, 2, 446. “fight t. the last gasp,” H6A I, 2, 127. “t. the point of death,” III, 1, 168. “t. further trial,” H8 V, 1, 104. “not t. Thursday,” Rom. IV, 2, 36. “be patient t. the last,” Caes. III, 2, 12. “from the first corse t. he that died to-day,” Hml. I, 2, 105 (he for him) etc. etc. Before adverbs of time and prepositional expressions: “I knew not what 'twas to be beaten t. lately,” Wiv. V, 1, 28. “t. now,” Ven. 1062. Meas. IV, 2, 141. V, 233. Err. I, 1, 124. Mids. V, 73. Merch. III, 1, 90. “t. soon,” R3 IV, 3, 35 (Ff t. then). “t. then,” Err. I, 2, 30. V, 422. LLL I, 1, 317. H5 II Chor. 41 “(not t. then). t. when,” Tp. V, 250. “t. after supper,” Gent. III, 2, 96. “t. after Theseus' wedding-day,” Mids. II, 1, 139 etc. Seemingly == to: “sleep and feeding may prorogue his honour even t. a Lethe'd dullness,” Ant. II, 1, 27. cf. Whereuntil and Up-till.
2) conj. to the time when: “t. breathless he disjoined,” Ven. 541. “t. they have singled the cold fault out,” Ven. 541 “t. the wild waves will have him seen no more,” Ven. 541 “t. time had made them for us,” Meas. I, 2, 157. “stay there t. I come to thee,” Err. I, 2, 10. cf. Tp. I, 2, 347. Meas. V, 321. Err. V, 153 etc. etc. Followed by the indicative, in speaking of matters of fact, as well as in hypothetical cases: “claps her pale cheek; t. clapping makes it red,” Ven. 468. “on the grass she lies as she were slain, t. his breath breatheth life in her again,” Ven. 468 “thus stands she in a trembling ecstasy, till . . . she tells them 'tis a causeless fantasy,” Ven. 468 “who with a lingering stay his course doth let, t. every minute pays the hour his debt,” Lucr. 329. “the wolf hath seized his prey, the poor lamb cries, t. with her own white fleece her voice controlled entombs her outcry,” Lucr. 329 no exclamation . . . can rein his rash desire, t. like a jade self-will himself doth tire, 707 etc. “some good conceit of thine . . . will bestow it, t. whatsoever star that guides my moving points on me graciously . . . and puts apparel on my tattered loving,” Sonn. 26, 9. “I will peg thee in his entrails, t. thou hast howled away twelve winters,” Tp. I, 2, 295. “I will resist such entertainment t. mine enemy has more power,” Tp. I, 2, 295 “do not approach t. thou dost hear me call,” IV, 50. “lead him on with a fine-baited delay, t. he hath pawned his horses,” Wiv. II, 1, 99. “t. 'tis one o'clock, our dance of custom let us not forget,” V, 5, 78. “I will never mistrust my wife again, t. thou art able to woo her in good English,” V, 5, 78 “let him continue in his courses t. thou knowest what they are,” Meas. II, 1, 196. “that stays but t. her owner comes aboard,” Err. IV, 1, 86. “lead them thus, till o'er their brows . . . sleep . . . with leaden legs . . . doth creep,” Mids. III, 2, 364. “till Lionel's issue fails, his should not reign,” H6B II, 2, 56 etc.
Followed by the subjunctive in hypothetical and problematical cases: “as an empty eagle tires with her beak on feathers, flesh and bone, . . . t. either gorge be stuffed or prey be gone,” Ven. 58. “she swears . . . never to remove, t. he take truce with her contending tears,” Ven. 58 “Cynthia for shame obscures her silver shine, t. forging nature be condemned of treason,” Ven. 58 “to wrong the wronger t. he render right,” Lucr. 943. “and with my trespass never will dispense, t. life to death acquit my forced offence,” Lucr. 943 “die I will not t. my Collatine have heard the cause,” Lucr. 943 “but long she thinks t. he return again,” Lucr. 943 “this windy tempest, t. it blow up rain, held back his sorrow's tide, to make it more,” Lucr. 943 “when a woman woos, what woman's son will sourly leave her t. she have prevailed?” Sonn. 41, 8. “till each to razed oblivion yield his part of thee, thy record never can be missed,” 122, 7. “yet this shall I ne'er know . . . t. my bad angel fire my good one out,” 144, 14. “blow t. thou burst thy wind,” Tp. I, 1, 8. II, 1, 249. II, 2, 42. IV, 97. Gent. I, 2, 115. II, 5, 5. II, 5, 5 II, 7, 14. II, 7, 14 III, 2, 75. Wiv. II, 1, 68. IV, 4, 60. Meas. II, 1, 3. III, 2, 110. V, 162. V, 162 Err. II, 1, 31. III, 1, 58. III, 2, 156. IV, 1, 108. Ado II, 1, 373. II, 3, 137. LLL I, 2, 131. Mids. II, 2, 61. V, 129. As II, 7, 89. John II, 29. H6B I, 1, 67. I, 4, 30. II, 1, 149. II, 4, 49. Rom. II, 2, 172 etc. “not t.” Ado II, 1, 62. LLL II, 121 (not before) etc.
Elliptically: “he will not hear t. feel,” Tim. II, 2, 7. Peculiar passages: “I long t. Edward fall by war's mischance,” H6C III, 3, 254. “as in the common course of all treasons, we still see them reveal themselves, t. they attain to their abhorred ends,” All's IV, 3, 27 (== in the time before they etc., or simply == before). cf. above: Sonn. 41, 8. Till that, see That.
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