clerk (n.) Old form(s): Clearkes , clearks , Clerkes
scholar, sage, man of learning
2H6 IV.vii.66[Say to rebels] Large gifts have I bestowed on learned clerks
H8 II.ii.90[Wolsey to King Henry] All the clerks ... / Have their free voices
MND V.i.93[Theseus to Hippolyta] Where I have come, great clerks have purposed / To greet me with premeditated welcomes
Per Chorus.V.5[Gower alone, of Marina] Deep clerks she dumbs
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