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This book is intended to be an index of the phraseology of Shakespeare ; a concordance of phrases rather than of words. Its plan is to take every sentence from his dramatic works which contains an important thought, with so much of the context as preserves the sense, and to put each sentence under its principal words, arranged in alphabetical order. Some of the sentences it did not seem necessary to repeat as often as this plan might allow.
The text of Messrs. Clark and Wright has been followed, with the exception of the change of the final 'd to ed.
At the end of the book comparative readings are given from the texts of Dyce, Knight, Singer, Staunton, and Richard Grant White.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., May, 1881.
SHAKESPEARE PHRASE BOOK.
ABANDON. - You clown, abandon, - which is in the vulgar leave, the society As You Like It, v. 1. Abandon the society of this female, or, clown, thou perishest
V. I. ABANDONED. — Being there alone, Left and abandoned of his velvet friends
ii. 1. He hath abandoned his physicians .
All's Well, i. 1. ABATEMENT. – Falls into abatement and low price, Even in a minute
Twelfth Night, i. 1. This would' changes And hath abatements and delays
Hamlet, iv. 7. ABBOMINABLE. - This is abhominable, - which he would call abbominable Love's L. Lost, v. 1. ABBOTS. - See thou shake the bags Of hoarding abbots
K'ing Fohn, iii. 3. A-BED. - Not to be a-bed after midnight is to be up betimes
Twelfth Night, ii. 3. But for your company, I would have been a-bed an hour ago
Romeo and Juliet, iii. 4. ABEL. Be thou cursed Cain, To slay thy brother Abel, if thou wilt
i Henry VI. i. 3. Which blood, like sacrificing Abel's, cries
Richard II. i. 1. A BET. - And you that do abet him in this kind Cherish rebellion
ii. 3. ABETTING him to thwart me in my mood
Com. of Errors, ii. 2. ABHOMINABLE. - This is abhominable, which he would call abbominable Love's L. Lost, v. 1. ABHOR. — Whom she hath in all outward behaviours seemed ever to abhor
Much Ado, ii. 3. I abhor such fanatical phantasimes.
Love's L. Lost, v, 1. If ever I did dream of such a matter, Abhor me
Othello, i. 1. It doth abhor me now I speak the word ABHORRED. But if one present The abhorred ingredient to his eye.
Winter's Tale, ii. 1. More abhorred Than spotted livers in the sacrifice
Troi. and Cress. v. 3. Boils and plagues Plaster you o'er, that you may be abhorred
Coriolanus, i. 4. His name remains To the ensuing age abhorred
V. 3. With all the abhorred births below crisp heaven
Timon of Athens, iv. 3. O abhorred spirits ! Not all the whips of heaven are large enough And that the lean abhorred monster keeps Thee here in dark
. Romeo and Juliet, v. 3. And now, how abhorred in my imagination it is! my gorge rises at it
Hamlet, v. I. Who, having seen me in my worst estate, Shunned my abhorred society
King Lear, v. 3. It is I That all the abhorred things o' the earth amend By being worse than they. Cymbeline, v. 5. ABIDE. - By my troth, I cannot abide the smell of hot meat since
Merry Wives, i. 1. When you depart from me, sorrow abides and happiness takes his leave
Much Ado, i. 1. Abide me, if thou darest; for well I wot Thou runn'st before me
Mid. N. Dream, iii. 2. A' could never abide carnation ; 't was a colour he never liked
Henry V. ii. 3. - Let no man abide this deed, But we the doers
Julius Cæsar, iii. 1.If it be found so, some will dear abide it .
iii. 2. ABILITIES. Your abilities are too infant-like for doing much alone .
Coriolanus, ii. 1. All our abilities, gifts, natures, shapes, Severals and generals of grace exact . Troi. and Cress. i. 3; I will do All my abilities in thy behalf
Othello, iii. 3. ABILITY. – Policy of mind, Ability in means and choice of friends
Much Ado, iv. 1. Out of my lean and low ability I 'll lend you something.
Twelfth Night, iji. 4. Any thing, my lord, That my ability may undergo
Winter's Tale, ii. 3. ABJECT. - To make a loathsome abject scorn of me
Com. of Errors, iv. 4.
ABJECT. – We are the queen's abjects, and must obey
Richard III. i. 1. I read in 's looks Matters against me; and his eye reviled Me, as his abject object Henry VIII. i. 1. ABjure. – Either to die the death, or to abjure For ever the society of men Mid. N. Dream, i. 1. Able. — Be able for thine enemy Rather in power than use.
All's Well, i. 1. I am the greatest, able to do least, Yet most suspected .
Romeo and Juliet, v. 3. None does offend, none, I say, none; I'll able 'em .
K’ing Lear, iv. 6. ABODE. --- Sweet friends, your patience for my long abode
Mer. of Venice, ii. 6. A BODEMENTS. — Tush, man, abodements must not now affright us
. 3 Henry VI. iv. 7. A BOMINABLE. - Such abominable words as no Christian ear can endure to hear . 2 Henry VI. iv. 7. ABOMINABLY. — They imitated humanity so abominably.
Hamlet, iii. 2. ABOVE. -- This above all: to thine ownself be true.
i. 3. 'T is not so above ; There is no shuffling, there the action lies In his true nature. ABRAHAM.-Sweet peace conduct his sweet soul to the bosom Of good old Abraham! Richard II. iv, 1. The sons of Edward sleep in Abraham's bosom
Richard III. iv. 3. ABRAM. - O father Abram, what these Christians are!
Mer. of Venice, i. 3. ABRIDGEMENT. - Say, what abridgement have you for this evening?
Mid. N. Dream, v. I. For look, where my abridgement comes .
Hamlet, ii. 2. This fierce abridgement Hath to it circumstantial branches
Cymbeline, v. 5. ABROACH. Who set this ancient quarrel new abroach?.
Romeo and Juliet, i. 1. The secret mischiefs that I set abroach, I lay unto the grievous charge of others. Richard III. i. 3. ABROAD. – I have for the most part been aired abroad
Winter's Tale, iv. 2. What news abroad? No news so bad abroad as this at home
Richard III. i. 1. And then, they say, no spirit dares stir abroad.
Hamlet, i. 1. ABROGATE. So it shall please you to abrogate scurrility
Love's L. Lost, iv. 2. ABRUPTION. – What makes this pretty abruption?.
Troi. and Cress. iii. 2. ABSENCE Which death or absence soon shall remedy
Mid. N. Dream, iii. 2. There is not one among them but I dote on his very absence.
Mer. of Venice, i. 2. We should hold day with the Antipodes, If you would walk in absence of the sun . By reason of his absence, there is nothing That you will feed on
As You Like It, ii. I am questioned by my fears of what may chance or breed upon our absence Winter's Tale, i. 2. Our absence makes us unthrifty to our knowledge Thy grief is but thy absence for a time. – Joy absent, grief is present for that time Richard II. i. 3. I hope, My absence doth neglect no great designs
Richard III. iii. 4. His absence, sir, Lays blame upon his promise
Macbeth, iii. 4. I a heavy interim shall support By his dear absence .
Othello, i. 3. ABSENT. — Attend upon the coming space, Expecting absent friends
All's Well, ii. 3. They have seemed to be together, though absent.
Winter's Tale, i. 1. Grief fills the room up of my absent child, Lies in his bed .
King John, iii. 4. What pricks you on To take advantage of the absent time?
Richard II. ji. 3. None serve with him but constrained things Whose hearts are absent too
Macbeth, v. 4. If thou didst ever hold me in thy heart, Absent thee from felicity awhile.
Hamlet, v. 2. Absey. – Then comes answer like an Absey book
King John, i. 1. ABSOLUTE. — So absolute As our conditions shall consist upon .
2 Henry IV. iv. 1. Be absolute for death; either death or life Shall thereby be the sweeter Meas. for Meas. iii. 1. It is a most absolute and excellent horse .
Henry V. iii. 7. Hear you this Triton of the minnows? mark you His absolute 'shall'
Coriolanus, iii. 1. You are too absolute; Though therein you can never be too noble Most absolute sir, if thou wilt have The leading of thine own revenges
iv. 5. With an absolute 'Sir, not I,' The cloudy messenger turns me his back
Malbeth, iii. 6. How absolute the knave is ! we must speak by the card
Hamlet, v. 1. My soul hath her content so absolute That not another comfort like to this Succeeds Othello, ii. 1. Sweet Alexas, most any thing Alexas, almost most absolute Alexas
Ant. and Cleo. i. 2. ABSTINENCE. – A man of stricture and firm abstinence
Meas. for Meas. i. 3. He doth with holy abstinence subdue That in himself Your stomachs are too young; And abstinence engenders maladies
Love's L. Lost, iv. 3. Refrain to-night, And that shall lend a kind of easiness To the next abstinence Hamlet, iii. 4. ABSTRACT. — He hath an abstract for the remembrance of such places .
Merry Wives, iv. 2.
ABSTRACT. – This little abstract doth contain that large Which died in Geffrey. King John, ii. 1. Brief abstract and record of tedious days, Rest thy unrest .
Richard 111. iv. 4. They are the abstract and brief chronicles of the time
Hamlet, ii. 2. A man who is the abstract of all faults That all men follow
Ant. and Cleo. i. 4. ABSURD. — This proffer is absurd and reasonless
i Henry VI. v. 4. A fault against the dead, a fault to nature, To reason most absurd.
Hamlet, i. 2. Let the candied tongue lick absurd pomp And crook the pregnant hinges of the knee
iii. 2. ABUNDANCE. – That deafs our ears With this abundance of superfluous breath King John, ii. 1.
If your miseries were in the same abundance as your good fortunes are Mer. of Venice, i. 2. He may sleep in security; for he hath the horn of abundance
2 Henry IV. i. 2. Such are the rich, That have abundance and enjoy it not ABUSE. -- Lend him your kind pains To find out this abuse
Meas. for Meas. v. 1. Abuses our young plants with carving ‘Rosalind' on their barks
As You Like It, iji. 2. For the poor abuses of the time want countenance
i Henry IV. i. 2. Cries out upon abuses, seems to weep Over his country's wrongs I shall drive you then to confess the wilful abuse .
2 Henry IV. jj. 4. Linger your patience on; and we 'll digest The abuse of distance
. Henry V. ii. Prol. Why hast thou broken faith with me, Knowing how hardly I can brook abuse? . 2 Henry VI. v. i. Strained from that fair use Revolts from true birth, stumbling on abuse . Romeo and Juliet, ii. 3. The abuse of greatness is, when it disjoins Remorse from power.
Julius Cæsar, ii. 1. As he is very potent with such spirits, Abuses me to damn me
Hamlet, ii. 2. I confess, it is my nature's plague To spy into abuses
Othello, iii. 3. ABUSED. — You are abused, and by some putter-on That will be damned for't
Winter's Tale, ii. 1. Abused her delicate youth with drugs or minerals That weaken motion
Othello, i. 2. 'Tis better to be much abused Than but to know 't a little You are abused Beyond the mark of thought
Ant. and Cleo. ii. 6. Why hast thou abused So many miles with a pretence?
Cymbeline, iii. 4 ABUSER. - I therefore apprehend and do attach thee For an abuser of the world
Othello, i. 2. ABUSING. — An old abusing of God's patience and the king's English
Merry Wives, i. 4. ABYSM. - What seest thou else In the dark backward and abysm of time?
Tempest, i. 2. And shot their fires Into the abysm of hell
Ant. and Cleo. ii. 13. ACADEME. A little Academe, Still and contemplative in living art
Love's L. Lost, i. 1. The books, the academes From whence doth spring the true Promethean fire
They are the books, the arts, the academes, That show, contain, and nourish all the world ACCENT. – You find not the apostraphas, and so miss the accent
iv. 2. Action and accent did they teach him there. Throttle their practised accent in their fears
Mid. N. Dream, v. 1. Your accent is something finer than you could purchase in so removed a dwelling As You Like It, iii. 2. A terrible oath, with a swaggering accent sharply twanged off
Twelfth Night, iii. 4 The accent of his tongue affecteth him
King John, i. 1. The senseless brands will sympathize The heavy accent of thy moving tongue Richard II. v. I. To pant, And breathe short-winded accents of new broils .
. i Henry IV. i. 1. I have a touch of your condition, which cannot brook the accent of reproof. Richard III. iv. 4. Do not take His rougher accents for malicious sounds
Coriolanus, iii. 3. Such antic, lisping, affecting fantasticoes; these new tuners of accents Romeo and Juliet, ii. 4. Our lofty scene be acted over In states unborn and accents yet unknown. Julius Cæsar, ïïi. 1. Prophesying with accents terrible Of dire combustion
Macbeth, ii. 3. Well spoken, with good accent and good discretion
Hamlet, ii. 2. Neither having the accent of Christians, nor the gait of Christian, pagan, nor man
iii. 2. If but as well I other accents borrow, That can my speech defuse
King Lear, i. 4. I am no flatterer : he that beguiled you in a plain accent was a plain knave . I'll call aloud. - Do, with like timorous accent and dire yell .
Othello, i, 1. ACCEPT. – If you accept them, then their worth is great .
Tam. of the Shrew, ii. 1. We will suddenly Pass our accept and peremptory answer
Henry V. v. 2. ACCEPTANCE. I leave him to your gracious acceptance.
Mer. of Venice, iv. 1. ACCESS. Make thick my blood ; Stop up the access and passage to remorse
Macbeth, i. 5. ACCIDENCE. - Ask him some questions in his accidence
Merry Wives, iv. 1.
iv. 3. iv. 3.