power (n.) Old form(s): powre , Powres
exercise of power, authoritative action
2H4 II.i.128[Lord Chief Justice to Falstaff] You speak as having power to do wrong
2H4 V.ii.97[Lord Chief Justice to King Henry V] imagine me taking your part, / And in your power soft silencing your son
AW II.iii.160[King to Bertram] Do thine own fortunes that obedient right / Which both thy duty owes and our power claims
CE IV.iii.44[Antipholus of Syracuse to Dromio of Syracuse] Some blessed power deliver us from hence!
Cor I.ix.72.1[Coriolanus to Cominius] I mean to stride your steed, and at all times / To undercrest your good addition / To th'fairness of my power [i.e. to the best of my ability]
Cor II.iii.4[Third Citizen to all, of denying Coriolanus the consulship] We have power in ourselves to do it, but it is a power that we have no power to do [first two instances]
Cor III.i.209[Brutus to Sicinius] th'people, in whose power / We were elected theirs
Cor III.i.268[Sicinius to Citizens, of Coriolanus] He hath resisted law, / And therefore law shall scorn him further trial / Than the severity of the public power / Which he so sets at nought
Cor III.iii.100[Sicinius to all, of Coriolanus] in the name o'th'people / And in the power of us the Tribunes, we ... banish him our city
Cor III.iii.18.1[Sicinius to Aedile] Insisting on the old prerogative / And power i'th' truth o'th' cause
Cor IV.ii.3.2[Brutus to Sicinius] Now we have shown our power, / Let us seem humbler
Cym I.vii.179[Innogen to Iachimo] take my power i'th' court for yours.
Cym V.v.419[Posthumus to Iachimo] The power that I have on you, is to spare you
E3 IV.v.84[King John to Charles, of the king] Thy word, nor no man's, may exceed his power
H5 V.ii.86[King Henry to his lords] take with you free power to ratify
H8 II.iv.113[Queen Katherine to Wolsey] You ... now are mounted / Where powers are your retainers [i.e. those exercising power]
Ham I.ii.36[Claudius to Voltemand and Cornelius] Giving to you no further personal power ... than the scope / Of these delated articles allow
KL I.i.170[Lear to Kent] with strained pride, / To come betwixt our sentence and our power
KL III.vii.25[Cornwall to Regan] our power / Shall do a curtsy to our wrath
MM I.i.79[Escalus to Angelo] A power I have, but of what strength and nature / I am not yet instructed
Tim I.i.6[Poet to Painter, as if to Bounty, of the Athenians] Magic of bounty, all these spirits thy power / Hath conjured to attend!
Tim IV.iii.445[Timon to Bandits] The laws, your curb and whip, in their rough power / Has unchecked theft
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