body (n.) Old form(s): bodie
corporate body, collective mass [of people]
AC I.iv.44[Caesar to Lepidus, of the people] This common body ... / Goes to and back
Cor II.iii.180[Brutus to Citizens] the charters that you bear / I'th' body of the weal
Per III.iii.21[Cleon to Pericles] the common body ... would force me to my duty
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