ruth (n.)
pity, compassion, sympathy
Cor I.i.195[Martius to Menenius] Would the nobility lay aside their ruth / And let me use my sword
R2 III.iv.106[Gardener to his men] Rue even for ruth here shortly shall be seen
Sonn.132.4[of his lover's eyes] Looking with pretty ruth upon my pain
TC V.iii.48[Troilus to Hector, of their swords] Spur them to ruthful work, rein them from ruth!
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