course (n.) 1
course of action, way of proceeding
1H4 I.iii.287 [Worcester to Hotspur, of the rebellion] No further go in this / Than I by letters shall direct your course
1H4 II.iii.23 [Hotspur alone, on the rebellion] my Lord of York commends the plot, and the general course of the action
1H4 III.i.40 [Glendower to Hotspur] all the courses of my life do show / I am not in the roll of common men
1H6 IV.i.132 [Gloucester to all] Let me persuade you take a better course
1H6 V.iv.156 [Reignier aside to Charles] you do not well in obstinacy / To cavil in the course of this contract
2H4 I.i.159 [Northumberland to Lord Bardolph and Morton] each heart being set / On bloody courses
2H4 II.i.81 [Lord Chief Justice to Falstaff] Are you not ashamed to enforce a poor widow to so rough a course to come by her own?
2H4 IV.ii.103 [Hastings to Westmorland, of the soldiers] Like youthful steers unyoked they take their courses
2H4 IV.iii.48 [Falstaff to all, of having his capture of Colevile sung in a ballad] to the which course if I be enforced ... believe not the word of the noble
2H4 IV.iv.90 [Westmorland to King Henry IV] Here at more leisure may your highness read, / With every course in his particular
2H4 IV.v.213 [King Henry IV to Prince Henry] Be it thy course to busy giddy minds / With foreign quarrels
3H6 III.i.25 [King to himself] Let me embrace thee, sour adversity, / For wise men say it is the wisest course
3H6 [King to Richard] Thy father, Minos, that denied our course
AC III.xi.9 [Antony to all] I have myself resolved upon a course / Which has no need of you
AC III.xiii.78 [Thidias to Cleopatra, of her proposal] 'Tis your noblest course
AC V.ii.130 [Caesar to Cleopatra] if you seek / To lay on me a cruelty by taking / Antony's course, you shall bereave yourself / Of my good purposes
AW II.v.58 [Bertram to Helena] You must not marvel, Helen, at my course
AW IV.iv.36 [Helena to Diana and Widow] Whate'er the course, the end is the renown
AW V.iii.215 [Bertram to King] all impediments in fancy's course / Are motives of more fancy
AW V.iii.99 [Bertram to King, of a Florentine woman] I could not answer in that course of honour / As she had made the overture
CE IV.iii.95 [Courtesan alone, of telling Adriana what has happened] This course I fittest choose
Cor I.i.67 [Menenius to Citizens] the Roman state, whose course will on / The way it takes
Cor III i.326 [First Senator to Brutus and Sicinius, of dealing with Coriolanus] The other course / Will prove too bloody
Cor IV.i.35 [Volumnia to Coriolanus] Determine on some course / More than a wild exposture to each chance / That starts i'th' way before thee
Cym III.iv.113 [Pisanio to Innogen] I have considered of a course
Cym III.iv.148 [Pisanio to Innogen] you should tread a course / Pretty, and full of view
Cym V.i.3 [Posthumus alone, as if to married men] If each of you should take this course
E3 III.i.71 [Mariner to King John, of the English navy] Majestical the order of their course
E3 III.iii.34 [King Edward to Prince Edward] in all thy warlike course / Hast thou not seen the usurping King of France?
H5 Epil.chorus.4 [Chorus, of the author's treatment of the characters] Mangling by starts the full course of their glory
H5 V.chorus.4 [Chorus to the audience] admit th'excuse / Of time, of numbers, and due course of things
H8 I.i.189 [Buckingham to Norfolk] the Emperor thus desired / That he would please to alter the King's course / And break the foresaid peace
H8 II.ii.35 [Norfolk to Lord Chamberlain and Suffolk, of the King's divorce] is not this course pious?
H8 II.iv.216 [Lincoln to King Henry] I ... did entreat your highness to this course / Which you are running here
H8 III.ii.243 [Wolsey to all] Follow your envious courses, men of malice
H8 V.iii.35 [Cranmer to all] I have laboured ... that my teaching / And the strong course of my authority / Might go one way
Ham I.i.37 [Barnardo to Horatio] When yond same star that's westward from the pole / Had made his course t'illume that part of heaven / Where now it burns
Ham I.ii.93 [Claudius to Hamlet] to persever / In obstinate condolement is a course / Of impious stubbornness
Ham II.ii.596 [Hamlet alone, of Claudius] If 'a do blench, / I know my course
JC II.i.162 [Brutus to Cassius] Our course will seem too bloody
JC III.ii.263 [Antony alone] Mischief, thou art afoot, / Take thou what course thou wilt
KJ III.i.178 [Cardinal Pandulph to King John] meritorious shall that hand be called ... / That takes away by any secret course / Thy hateful life
KL I.i.187 [Kent to all, of himself and his banishment] He'll shape his old course in a country new
KL I.ii.83 [Edmund to Gloucester] If it shall please you to suspend your indignation against my brother till you can derive from him better testimony of his intent, you should run a certain course
KL I.iii.27 [Gonerill to Oswald] I'll write straight to my sister / To hold my very course
KL I.iv.203 [Gonerill to Lear] [I] now grow fearful ... / That you protect this course and put it on / By your allowance
KL I.iv.338 [Gonerill to Albany] This milky gentleness and course of yours
KL II.ii.166 [disguised Kent alone, of Cordelia] Who hath most fortunately been informed / Of my obscured course
KL II.iv.90 [Gloucester to Lear] You know the fiery quality of the Duke, / How unremovable and fixed he is / In his own course
KL III.v.21 [Edmund to Cornwall] I will persever in my course of loyalty, though the conflict be sore between that and my blood
KL III.vii.53 [Gloucester to Cornwall] I am tied to the stake, and I must stand the course
KL IV.ii.94 [Messenger to Albany, of Edmund leaving Gonerill and Cornwall at Gloucester's house] [he] quit the house on purpose that their punishment / Might have the freer course
KL V.i.3 [Edmund to a gentleman] Know of the Duke if his last purpose hold / Or whether since he is advised by aught / To change the course
LLL II.i.25 [Princess to Boyet, of the King] Therefore to's seemeth it a needful course ... / To know his pleasure
Luc 1766 [Lucretius as if to time] cease thou thy course and last no longer, / If they surcease to be that should survive!
Luc 328 [] those bars which stop the hourly dial, / Who with a ling'ring stay his course doth let
Luc 500 [] But nothing can affection's course control
MA IV.i.155 [Friar to all] I have only silent been so long, / And given way unto this course of fortune / By noting of the lady
MA IV.i.210 [Friar to all, of his plan causing the slander of Hero to change to remorse] But not for that dream I on this strange course
MA V.iv.6 [Leonato to all] Margaret was in some fault for this ... as it appears / In the true course of all the question.
MM IV.iii.147 [disguised Duke to Isabella] Trust not my holy order / If I pervert your course
MM V.i.35 [Angelo to Duke, of Isabella] She hath been a suitor to me for her brother, / Cut off by course of justice
MV IV.i.8 [Antonio to Duke, of Shylock] Your grace hath ta'en great pains to qualify / His rigorous course
Oth I.iii.111 [First Senator to Othello] Did you by indirect and forcèd courses / Subdue and poison this young maid's affections?
Oth I.iii.91 [Othello to all] I will a round unvarnished tale deliver / Of my whole course of love
Oth II.i.260 [Iago to Roderigo, of angering Cassio] either by speaking too loud, or tainting his discipline, or from what other course you please
Oth II.iii.328 [Iago alone] this advice is ... indeed the course / To win the Moor again?
Oth II.iii.339 [Iago alone] How am I then a villain / To counsel Cassio to this parallel course / Directly to his good?
Oth III.iv.117 [Cassio to Desdemona, of not being reconciled to Othello] So shall I clothe me in a forced content, / And shut myself up in some other course / To Fortune's alms
Oth IV.i.53 [Iago to Cassio, of Othello] The lethargy must have his quiet course
Per I.i.137 [Pericles alone] those men / Blush not in actions blacker than the night / Will shun no course to keep them from the light
Per I.ii.23 [Pericles alone, of Antiochus] And what may make him blush in being known, / He'll stop the course by which it might be known
Per IV.iii.28 [Cleon to Dionyza, of anyone agreeing to her actions] he did not flow / From honourable courses
Per IV.iii.36 [Dionyza to Cleon] you call my course unnatural
Per IV.iv.47 [Gower] Let Pericles believe his daughter's dead, / And bear his courses to be ordered / By Lady Fortune
Per [Boult to Marina] We must take another course with you
R2 II.i.213 [York to King Richard] by bad courses may be understood / That their events can never fall out good
R3 I.iv.221 [Clarence to Murderers, of God] He needs no indirect or lawless course / To cut off those that have offended Him
R3 III.i.31 [Buckingham to all, of the Queen and Prince taking sanctuary] what an indirect and peevish course / Is this of hers!
RJ IV.i.5 [Friar Laurence to Paris] Uneven is the course. I like it not
RJ V.iii.27 [Romeo to Balthasar] do not interrupt me in my course
TC V.iii.74 [Hector to Priam] give me leave / To take that course by your consent and voice, / Which you do here forbid me
Tem II.i.292 [Antonio to Sebastian, of Gonzalo] who / Should not upbraid our course
TG II.vii.27 [Julia to Lucetta, of love] when his fair course is not hindered
Tim I.i.49 [Poet to Painter] No levelled malice / Infects one comma in the course I hold
Tim III.iii.41 [Servant alone] this is all a liberal course allows: / Who cannot keep his wealth must keep his house
Tim III.iv.12 [Lucius's Servant to Philotus] a prodigal course / Is like the sun
Tim V.i.101 [Timon to Poet and Painter, of villains] Confound them by some course
Tit II.i.110 [Aaron to Chiron and Demetrius] A speedier course than ling'ring languishment / Must we pursue
Tit IV.i.118 [Titus to Young Lucius, of not using his dagger] I'll teach thee another course
Tit IV.iv.67 [Aemilius to Saturninus, of Lucius] Who threats in course of this revenge to do / As much as ever Coriolanus did
TNK [Theseus to Arcite and Palamon] Sleep till the hour prefixed, and hold your course
TNK IV.i.127 [Gaoler's Daughter to First Friend, of leaving the other women alone] is't not a wise course?
Ven 960 [] through the flood-gates breaks the silver rain, / and with his strong course opens them again [or: sense 6]
WT I.ii.245 [Leontes to Camillo] thou art a coward ... restraining / From course required
WT I.ii.340 [Leontes to Camillo] Thou dost advise me / Even so as I mine own course have set down
WT II.iii.48 [Paulina to Leontes, of Antigonus] Unless he take the course that you have done
WT IV.iv.499 [Florizel to Camillo] What course I mean to hold / Shall nothing benefit your knowledge
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