'gan, can (v.)
began
2H4 I.i.129 [Morton to Northumberland] The bloody Douglas ... / Gan vail his stomach
LC 177 [of the man] he gan besiege me
Luc 1228 [] the maid with swelling drops 'gan wet / Her circled eyne
PassP XVI.6 [] Through the velvet leaves the wind / All unseen 'gan passage find
Per III.Chorus.36 [Gower alone] everyone with claps can sound / 'Our heir-apparent is a king!'
Ven 95 [of Venus] ‘O, pity,’ 'gan she cry
See also...
Elision

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