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Yes, the word of affirmation opposed to “no:” Ven. 939. Tp. I, 2, 284. Tp. I, 2, 284 V, 174. Gent. II, 1, 128. II, 3, 18. Wiv. II, 2, 108. Meas. I, 4, 3. II, 2, 49. II, 3, 25. III, 1, 64. III, 1, 64 III, 1, 64 III, 1, 64 Err. II, 2, 76. IV, 2, 56. Merch. I, 3, 34. Alls II, 5, 90 (rhyming to kiss) etc. etc. Peculiarly used in replying to a negative proposition: “it never yet did hurt to lay down likelihoods and forms of hope. Yes, if this present quality of war, indeed the instant action, a cause on foot, lives so in hope,” H4B I, 3, 36, i. e. yes, it did hurt in such a case as ours, when that which is to be done immediately, depends on uncertain hopes. Similarly Cor. IV, 6, 61. V, 4, 27 and: “my quarrel was not altogether slight. Faith, yes, to be put to the arbitrement of swords,” Cymb. I, 4, 52. Used as a word of enforcement: “I say, take heed; yes, heartily beseech you,” H8 I, 2, 176.
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