temper (v.) 2
mould, shape, work, bring [to a particular character]
2H4 IV.iii.127 [Falstaff to Bardolph, of Shallow] I have him already tempering between my finger and my thumb
H5 II.ii.118 [King Henry to Scroop, of a devil] he that tempered thee bade thee stand up
LLL IV.iii.323 [Berowne to King] Never durst poet touch a pen to write / Until his ink were tempered with Love's sighs
R3 I.i.65 [Richard to Clarence of Queen Elizabeth and King Edward] 'tis she / That tempers him to this extremity [Q1; F tempts]
TC II.iii.251 [Ulysses to Nestor] were your days / As green as Ajax', and your brain so tempered, / You should not have the eminence of him
TG III.ii.64 [Duke to Proteus, of Silvia] you may temper her ... / To hate young Valentine and love my friend
Tit IV.iv.109 [Tamora to Saturninus, of Titus] will I ... temper him with all the art I have

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