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esperance hope, 1 HENRY IV., ii. 3. 68; v. 2. 97; TROILUS AND CRESSIDA, v. 2. 119; KING LEAR, iv. 1. 4. In the first and second of the passages above referred to, esperance (as French) is the motto of the Percy family (So, in the concluding stanza of the Legend of Henry Percy Earl of Northumberland, Hotspur's father, in A Mirrour for Magistrates, etc., the Earl mentions“esperance my word” [that is, my motto], p. 307, ed. 1610).

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