gentle (adj.)
soft, tender, kind
2H4 IV.v.88[Warwick to King Henry IV, of Prince Henry] tyranny ... / Would, by beholding him, have washed his knife / With gentle eye-drops
2H6 II.iv.26[Gloucester to Duchess] Be patient, gentle Nell
2H6 III.iii.20[King to God, of the Cardinal] Look with a gentle eye upon this wretch
3H6 II.iii.6[Edward to Warwick] Smile, gentle heaven, or strike, ungentle death!
3H6 II.vi.21[Clifford alone] For what doth cherish weeds but gentle air?
AC V.ii.310[Cleopatra to Charmian, of the asp's bite] As sweet as balm, as soft as air, as gentle -
AC V.ii.58[Cleopatra to Proculeius] Rather a ditch in Egypt / Be gentle grave unto me!
Cor I.vi.63[Cominius to Martius] I could wish / You were conducted to a gentle bath / And balms applied to you
E3 II.i.287[King Edward alone] Religion is austere, and beauty gentle
H5 IV.i.161[King Henry to all, of some men] that have before gored the gentle bosom of peace with pillage and robbery [or: sense 4]
H5 V.ii.101[King Henry to Katherine] teach a soldier terms / Such as will enter at a lady's ear / And plead his love-suit to her gentle heart?
H5 V.ii.65[Burgundy to King Henry, of the problems affecting France] my speech entreats / That I may know the let why gentle peace / Should not expel these inconveniences [or: sense 4]
H8 II.iii.54[Lord Chamberlain to Anne, of pitying the Queen] It was a gentle business, and becoming / The action of good women
H8 II.iii.57[Lord Chamberlain to Anne] You bear a gentle mind [or: sense 1]
H8 III.ii.445[Wolsey to Cromwell] Still in thy right hand carry gentle peace / To silence envious tongues
H8 IV.ii.122[Katherine to Capuchius, of his comfort] That gentle physic, given in time, had cured me
H8 IV.ii.82[Griffith to Patience, of Queen Katherine] Softly, gentle Patience
KJ III.i.247[King Philip to Cardinal Pandulph] make a riot on the gentle brow / Of true sincerity [or: sense 4]
KJ IV.i.87[Arthur to Hubert, of the Executioner] He hath a stern look, but a gentle heart
KJ IV.iii.150[Bastard to Hubert] the bare-picked bone of majesty ... snarleth in the gentle eyes of peace [or: sense 4]
KJ V.i.19[Cardinal Pandulph to King John] you are a gentle convertite
KL V.iii.271[Lear to all, of Cordelia] Her voice was ever soft, / Gentle and low
LLL V.ii.373[Berowne to Rosaline] My gentle sweet, / Your wit makes wise things foolish
LLL V.ii.815[Dumaine to Katharine] O, shall I say ‘I thank you, gentle wife’?
Luc.1237[of women] Their gentle sex to weep are often willing
MA II.i.346[Don Pedro to Hero, of helping them] And you too, gentle Hero?
Mac IV.iii.231[Macduff to Malcolm] gentle heavens, / Cut short all intermission
MND I.i.161[Lysander to Hermia, of where his aunt lives] There, gentle Hermia, may I marry thee
MND II.ii.62[Hermia to Lysander] gentle friend, for love and courtesy / Lie further off
MND III.i.130[Titania to Bottom] I pray thee, gentle mortal, sing again!
MND III.ii.245[Lysander to Helena] Stay, gentle Helena, hear my excuse
MND III.ii.452[Puck to sleeping Hermia] Gentle lover, remedy
MND IV.i.4[Titania to Bottom] I ... kiss thy fair large ears, my gentle joy
MND V.i.215[Snug as Lion to the ladies] you whose gentle hearts do fear / The smallest monstrous mouse that creeps on floor
MND V.i.87[Theseus to Hippolyta] Why, gentle sweet
MV II.iv.19[Lorenzo to Launcelot] Tell gentle Jessica / I will not fail her
MV II.iv.34[Lorenzo to Gratiano] If e'er the Jew her father come to heaven, / It will be for his gentle daughter's sake
MV III.ii.164[Portia to Bassanio, of herself] her gentle spirit / Commits itself to yours to be directed
MV III.ii.252[Bassanio to Portia] Gentle lady, / When I did first impart my love to you
MV IV.i.182[Portia as Balthasar to Shylock] The quality of mercy is not strained, / It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Oth I.ii.25[Othello to Iago] I love the gentle Desdemona
Oth II.iii.244[Othello to Cassio] Look, if my gentle love be not raised up
Oth IV.i.192[Othello to Iago, of Desdemona] And then of so gentle a condition!
Oth IV.ii.111[Desdemona to Iago] those that do teach young babes / Do it with gentle means and easy tasks
Per III.i.11[Pericles to Lucina] Divinest patroness and midwife gentle / To those that cry by night
Per III.iii.12[Pericles to Cleon and Dionyza] My gentle babe Marina
Per IV.i.87[Marina to Leonine] You have a gentle heart
R2 II.i.174[York to King Richard, of Richard's father] In peace was never gentle lamb more mild / Than was that young and princely gentleman
R2 V.ii.31[York to Duchess of York, of Richard] dust was thrown upon his sacred head, / Which with such gentle sorrow he shook off [or: sense 1, 2]
R3 I.ii.104[Anne to Richard, of Henry VI] O, he was gentle, mild, and virtuous! [or: sense 4]
R3 II.iv.50[Queen Elizabeth to all] The tiger now hath seized the gentle hind
R3 III.i.185[Richard to Catesby, of Hastings] bid my lord ... / Give Mistress Shore one gentle kiss the more
R3 III.vii.210[Buckingham to Richard] well we know your tenderness of heart / And gentle, kind, effeminate remorse
R3 IV.i.10[Anne to Queen Elizabeth] To gratulate the gentle princes
R3 IV.iii.9[Tyrrel alone, reporting Dighton] thus ... lay the gentle babes
R3 IV.iv.11[Queen Elizabeth to Duchess of York, as if to the princes] If yet your gentle souls fly in the air
R3 IV.iv.50[Queen Margaret to Duchess of York, of Richard] To worry lambs and lap their gentle blood
RJ I.i.169[Benvolio to Romeo] Alas that love, so gentle in his view, / Should be so tyrannous and rough in proof!
RJ I.v.94[Romeo to Juliet, of kissing her] If I profane with my unworthiest hand / This holy shrine, the gentle sin is this
RJ III.ii.20[Juliet alone] Come, gentle night
Sonn.10.10[] Shall hate be fairer lodged than gentle love?
Sonn.151.3[] Then, gentle cheater, urge not my amiss
Sonn.20.3[] A woman's gentle heart
Sonn.40.9[] I do forgive thy robb'ry, gentle thief
Sonn.41.5[] Gentle thou art, and therefore to be won
Sonn.48.11[] Within the gentle closure of my breast
Tem III.i.8[Ferdinand alone, of Miranda] she is / Ten times more gentle than her father's crabbed
TG II.vii.29[Julia to Lucetta, of a stream] Giving a gentle kiss to every sedge
TG V.iv.12[Valentine alone, as if to Silvia] Thou gentle nymph, cherish thy forlorn swain
Tit II.iv.16[Marcus to Lavinia] Speak, gentle niece
Tit III.i.120[Titus to Lavinia] Gentle Lavinia, let me kiss thy lips
Tit III.ii.34[Titus to Lavinia] Come, let's fall to, and, gentle girl, eat this
TN III.i.102[Viola as Cesario to Olivia, of Orsino] Madam, I come to whet your gentle thoughts / On his behalf
TNK II.ii.15[Arcite alone, of Emilia] And if she be as gentle as she's fair
TS I.i.60[Hortensio to Katherina] No mates for you / Unless you were of gentler, milder mould [or: sense 2]
Ven.653[of jealousy] Distempering gentle Love in his desire
Ven.801[] Love's gentle spring doth always fresh remain
Ven.853[] the gentle lark, weary of rest
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