observance (n.) Old form(s): Obseruance
honour, dutiful ceremony, due respect
AW II.v.74[Helena to Bertram] I ... ever shall / With true observance seek to eke out [myself]
TC I.iii.31[Nestor to Agamemnon] With due observance of thy godlike seat
TNK II.iv.51[Theseus to all] you must be ready ... / Tomorrow by the sun, to do observance / To flowery May
TNK V.i.69.2[stage direction] Enter Palamon and his knights, with the former observance [i.e. the same ritual as Arcite observed]
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