compass (n.) Old form(s): compasse
range, reach, limit, scope
2H6 I.ii.46[Gloucester to Duchess] Hast thou not worldly pleasure at command / Above the reach or compass of thy thought?
3H6 IV.iii.48[Edward to Warwick] Though Fortune's malice overthrow my state, / My mind exceeds the compass of her wheel
CE III.i.87[Balthasar to Antipholus of Ephesus] you ... draw within the compass of suspect / The unviolated honour of your wife
E3 V.i.140[Salisbury to King Edward, of Prince Edward] like to a slender point / Within the compass of the horizon
H8 I.i.36[Norfolk to Buckingham, of the French and English knights] they did perform / Beyond thought's compass
H8 III.ii.340[Suffolk to Wolsey] all those things you have done of late ... / Fall into th'compass of a praemunire
Ham III.ii.375[Hamlet to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern] from my lowest note to the top of my compass
JC V.iii.25[Cassius to himself] My life is run his compass
Oth III.iv.21[Clown to Desdemona, of taking a message to Cassio] To do this is within the compass of man's wit
Oth IV.ii.218[Roderigo to Iago, of Iago's plan] Is it within reason and compass?
R3 I.iii.283[Queen Margaret to Buckingham] thou [art not] within the compass of my curse
RJ IV.i.47[Friar to Juliet, of her grief] It strains me past the compass of my wits
Sonn.116.10[of time] rosy lips and cheeks / Within his bending sickle's compass come
Tit V.i.126[Aaron to Lucius, of cursing the days on which Aaron has not done some evil] Few come within the compass of my curse
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