The Winter's Tale

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Enter Camillo and Archidamus.Enter Camillo and Archidamus WT I.i.1
IF you shall chance (Camillo) to visit Bohemia, If you shall chance, Camillo, to visit Bohemia, WT I.i.1
on the like occasion whereon my seruices are nowon the like occasion whereon my services are nowlike (adj.)
same, similar, alike, equal
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on-foot, you shall see (as I haue said) great difference on foot, you shall see, as I have said, great differencefoot, on

old form: on-foot
in employment, taking place, under way
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betwixt our Bohemia, and your Sicilia.betwixt our Bohemia and your Sicilia.Sicilia (n.)
island of Sicily, S Italy
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I thinke, this comming Summer, the King of Sicilia I think this coming summer the King of Sicilia WT I.i.5
meanes to pay Bohemia the Visitation, which hee iustly means to pay Bohemia the visitation which he justlyvisitation (n.)
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owes him.owes him. WT I.i.7
Wherein our Entertainment shall shame Wherein our entertainment shall shameentertainment (n.)
pleasant reception, favourable welcome
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vs: we will be iustified in our Loues: for indeed---us: we will be justified in our loves. For indeed – justify (v.)

old form: iustified
excuse, exonerate, clear
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'Beseech you---Beseech you –  WT I.i.10
Verely I speake it in the freedome of my Verily, I speak it in the freedom of myverily (adv.)

old form: Verely
in truth, truly, indeed
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knowledge: we cannot with such magnificence--- in so knowledge: we cannot with such magnificence, in so WT I.i.12
rare---I know not what to say--- Wee will giue you sleepierare – I know not what to say. We will give you sleepysleepy (adj.)

old form: sleepie
sleep-inducing, soporific
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Drinkes, that your Sences (vn-intelligent of our insufficience) drinks, that your senses, unintelligent of our insufficience,insufficience (n.)
insufficiency, inadequacy, deficiencies
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unintelligent (adj.)

old form: vn-intelligent
oblivious, unaware, ignorant
may, though they cannot prayse vs, as little may, though they cannot praise us, as little WT I.i.15
accuse vs.accuse us. WT I.i.16
You pay a great deale to deare, for what's giuenYou pay a great deal too dear for what's given WT I.i.17
freely.freely. WT I.i.18
'Beleeue me, I speake as my vnderstanding Believe me, I speak as my understanding WT I.i.19
instructs me, and as mine honestie puts it to vtterance.instructs me and as mine honesty puts it to utterance. WT I.i.20
Sicilia cannot shew himselfe ouer-kind to Bohemia: Sicilia cannot show himself overkind to Bohemia. WT I.i.21
They were trayn'd together in their Child-hoods;They were trained together in their childhoods; WT I.i.22
and there rooted betwixt them then such an affection,and there rooted betwixt them then such an affection, WT I.i.23
which cannot chuse but braunch now. Since their morewhich cannot choose but branch now. Since their more WT I.i.24
mature Dignities, and Royall Necessities, made seperation mature dignities and royal necessities made separation WT I.i.25
of their Societie, their Encounters (though not Personall) of their society, their encounters, though not personal, WT I.i.26
hath been Royally attornyed with enter-change of Gifts, hath been royally attorneyed with interchange of gifts,attorney (v.)

old form: attornyed
carry out by a substitute, perform by proxy
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Letters, louing Embassies, that they haue seem'd to be letters, loving embassies: that they have seemed to beembassy (n.)
message [especially via an ambassador]
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together, though absent: shooke hands, as ouer a Vast;together, though absent; shook hands as over a vast;vast (n.)
great expanse, immense space, waste
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and embrac'd as it were from the ends of opposed and embraced, as it were, from the ends of opposed WT I.i.30
Winds. The Heauens continue their Loues.winds. The heavens continue their loves! WT I.i.31
I thinke there is not in the World, either I think there is not in the world either WT I.i.32
Malice or Matter, to alter it. You haue an vnspeakable malice or matter to alter it. You have an unspeakablematter (n.)
reason, cause, ground
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comfort of your young Prince Mamillius: it is a Gentleman comfort of your young prince Mamillius. It is a gentleman WT I.i.34
of the greatest Promise, that euer came into my Note.of the greatest promise that ever came into my note.note (n.)
attention, notice, regard
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I very well agree with you, in the hopes of him:I very well agree with you in the hopes of him. WT I.i.36
it is a gallant Child; one, that (indeed) Physicks the Subiect, It is a gallant child; one that indeed physics the subject,physic (v.)

old form: Physicks
cure, correct, dose with medicine
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subject (n.)

old form: Subiect
subjects, people [of a state]
makes old hearts fresh: they that went on Crutches ere makes old hearts fresh. They that went on crutches ere WT I.i.38
he was borne, desire yet their life, to see him a Man.he was born desire yet their life to see him a man. WT I.i.39
Would they else be content to die?Would they else be content to die?content (adj.)
contented, patient, accepting, undisturbed
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Yes; if there were no other excuse, why they Yes – if there were no other excuse why they WT I.i.41
should desire to liue.should desire to live. WT I.i.42
If the King had no Sonne, they would desire If the King had no son, they would desire WT I.i.43
to liue on Crutches till he had one. to live on crutches till he had one. WT I.i.44
Exeunt.Exeunt WT I.i.44
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