virtue (n.) Old form(s): Vertue, vertues
quality, accomplishment, ability
1H6 I.i.9[Gloucester to all, of Henry V] Virtue he had, deserving to command
AW I.i.60[Countess to Bertram] Thy blood and virtue / Contend for empire in thee [i.e. inherited and learned abilities]
Cor I.i.172[Martius to Citizens] Your virtue is / To make him worthy whose offence subdues him
Ham I.iv.33[Hamlet to Horatio] these men, / Carrying, I say, the stamp of one defect ... / His virtues else, be they as pure as grace ... / Shall in the general censure take corruption / From that particular fault
MND II.i.220[Helena to Demetrius] Your virtue is my privilege
MND III.i.133[Titania to Bottom] thy fair virtue's force perforce doth move me ... to say, to swear, I love thee
Per II.i.146[Pericles to Fishermen] I'll show the virtue I have borne in arms
R3 IV.iv.370[Queen Elizabeth to King Richard] Thy Garter, blemished, pawned his knightly virtue
Tit I.i.14[Bassianus to his followers] The Imperial seat, to virtue consecrate [or: valour]
TNK II.iv.23[Pirithous to all, of Arcite] Mark how his virtue ... / Breaks through his baser garments
TNK V.ii.53.2[Gaoler to Gaoler's Daughter, of her horse] Having these virtues, / I think he might be brought to play at tennis
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