'gan, can (v.)
began
2H4 I.i.129[Morton to Northumberland] The bloody Douglas ... / 'Gan vail his stomach
Cym V.v.197[Iachimo to Cymbeline] mine Italian brain / 'Gan in your duller Britain operate
LC.177[of the man] he 'gan besiege me
Luc.1228[] the maid with swelling drops 'gan wet / Her circled eyne
Per Chorus.III.36[Gower alone] everyone with claps can sound / 'Our heir-apparent is a king!'
PP.16.6[] Through the velvet leaves the wind / All unseen 'gan passage find
Ven.95[of Venus] ‘O, pity,’ 'gan she cry
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