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Questions on the usage of English during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I (1558-1603). Nowadays most often encountered in the works of William Shakespeare.

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What does "according to my application” means?

For example: “The ship was masted according to the proportion of the navy; but on my application the masts were shortened, as I thought them too much for her, considering the nature of the voyage.” - ...
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"both truth and beauty on my love depends" - why not "depend"? Is "depends" a plural verb (a Shakespearean website says so)?

Shakespeare's Sonnet no. 101: O truant Muse what shall be thy amends For thy neglect of truth in beauty dyed? Both truth and beauty on my love depends; So dost thou too, and therein dignified....
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Meaning of "a burr had been a treasure trove" in Browning's Childe Roland

From Browning's Childe Roland: So, on I went. I think I never saw Such starv’d ignoble nature; nothing throve: For flowers—as well expect a cedar grove! But cockle, spurge, according to ...
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Meaning of "crutch 'gin" in Browning's Childe Roland

From Browning's Childe Roland: What else should he be set for, with his staff? What, save to waylay with his lies, ensnare All travellers who might find him posted there, And ask the road?...
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'Faced it with a card of ten' reference

A vengeance on your crafty wither'd hide! Yet I have faced it with a card of ten. 'Tis in my head to do my master good: I see no reason but supposed Lucentio Must get a father, ...
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What does 'over-strait' mean? (1575 Late April, UK)

;for which most dutiful kind of dealing towards us, the same appearing most evidently to proceed of a singular and an extraordinary zeal and devotion you bear towards us, we could not in honor but ...
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How to parse or rearrange 'upon this our advertisements given him'? (1575 Late April, UK)

Source: pp 101-102, Lives and letters of the Devereux, earls of Essex, by Walter Bourchier Devereux [continued herefrom]..., and how sorry we were to see your honourable mind wounded with so just ...
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Where does ';for which...' fit (note the ;)? (1575 Late April, UK)

Source: p 101, Lives and letters of the Devereux, earls of Essex, by Walter Bourchier Devereux [p 100 states that this letter was undated, but the penultimate sentence on p99 (ie the last sentence ...
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Who's the subject of this predicate in this letter? (1575 Late April, UK)

Source: p 101, Lives and letters of the Devereux, earls of Essex, by Walter Bourchier Devereux [p 100 states that this letter was undated, but the penultimate sentence on p99 (ie the last sentence ...
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