theme (n.) Old form(s): Theame
reason for acting, ground of belief
AC II.ii.48[Caesar to Antony, of Antony's wife and brother] their contestation / Was theme for you [i.e. a basis for you to work on]
H8 II.iii.93.2[Old Lady to Anne, of her advancement] With your theme I could / O'ermount the lark
TC II.ii.200[Troilus to Hector, of Helen] She is a theme of honour and renown
TC V.ii.134[Troilus to Ulysses] do not give advantage / To stubborn critics, apt, without a theme / For depravation, to square the general sex / By Cressid's rule
WT I.ii.459[Polixenes to Camillo, of Hermione] part of his theme, but nothing / Of his ill-ta'en suspicion!
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