Farewells

Farewells

Several words and phrases can be used to say farewell or to bring a conversation to a close, either gently or abruptly. Most are no longer used (good night is the chief exception), or are used only in certain contexts (e.g. ‘make my farewells’). Modern English goodbye is also present, in a variety of spellings; its modern form is an early 19th-century development.


A simple farewell


Keyword
Location
Example
adieu Ham I.v.91 Adieu, adieu, adieu
fare 2H4 III.ii.289 Fare you well, gentle gentlemen [also: thee, ye]
farewell Ham II.i.74 Farewell
God bye [= God be with you] 1H6 III.ii.73 God bye, my lord
Ham II.i.69 God bye ye
Ham II.ii.546 God bye to you
AYL III.ii.250 God buy you
Oth I.iii.187 God bu’y! I have done


A farewell with time of day

Keyword
Location
Example
even Cor II.i.88 Good e’en to your worships
morrow KL II.ii.156 Give you good morrow!
night Ham III.iv.218 Good night, mother
Ham I.i.16 Give you good night


A farewell with kind regards

Keyword
Location
Example
commend Ham V.ii.178 I commend my duty to your lordship
Ham I.v.183 I do commend me to you
CE I.ii.32 I commend you to your own content [i.e. wish you all you wish yourself]
RJ II.iv.208 Commend me to thy lady


A farewell with concern for well-being

Keyword
Location
Example
keep 2H4 III.ii.288 God keep you!
merry RJ I.ii.80 Rest you merry
save Ham II.ii.221 God save you, sir!


A dismissal

Keyword
Location
Example
drink R3 III.ii.105 There, drink that for me [thanking a messenger]
even RJ III.v.172 O, God-i-good-e'en!
leave TN II.iv.71 Give me now leave, to leave thee [very courteous dismissal]
way, ways TNK III.v.59 Go thy ways [i.e. on your way]
TN III.i.131 There lies your way

There is some overlap with expressions used in greeting: GREETINGS
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