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The Winter's Tale
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  • There’s some ill planet reigns: I must be patient till the heavens look With an aspect more favourable.
  • Happy star reign now!

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  • When daffodils begin to peer,— With, hey! the doxy over the dale,— Why, then comes in the sweet o’ the year: For the red blood reigns in the winter’s pale.
  • Let me pass The same I am, ere ancient’st order was Or what is now received: I witness to The times that brought them in; so shall I do To the freshest things now reigning, and make stale The glistering of this present, as my tale Now seems to it.
  • Our king, being ready to leap out of himself for joy of his found daughter, as if that joy were now become a loss, cries ’O, thy mother, thy mother!’ then asks Bohemia forgiveness; then embraces his son-in-law; then again worries he his daughter with clipping her; now he thanks the old shepherd, which stands by like a weather-bitten conduit of many kings’ reigns.

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as in: She reigned over England Define
rule (like that of a king or queen); or the time during which one ruled
as in: uncertainty reigns Define
to be most powerful, important, or noticeable
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