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used in Henry VIII

6 uses
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of a person:  a nation's ruler or head of state

of a political body:  not controlled by outside forces
  • I Arrest thee of high treason, in the name of our most sovereign king.
    1.1 — Act 1 Scene 1 — London. An ante-chamber in the palace (90% in)
sovereign = supreme (the highest power — not controlled by outside forces)
  • These exactions, Whereof my sovereign would have note, they are Most pestilent to the hearing; and, to bear 'em, The back is sacrifice to the load.
    1.2 — Act 1 Scene 2 — The same. The council-chamber (25% in)
  • Thou art, alone, If thy rare qualities, sweet gentleness, Thy meekness saint-like, wife-like government, Obeying in commanding, and thy parts Sovereign and pious else, could speak thee out, The queen of earthly queens.
    2.4 — Act 2 Scene 4 — A hall in Black-Friars (62% in)
  • My sovereign, I confess your royal graces, Shower'd on me daily, have been more than could My studied purposes requite, which went Beyond all man's endeavours.
    3.2 — Act 3 Scene 2 — Ante-chamber to the King's apartment (37% in)
  • Dread sovereign, how much are we bound to Heaven In daily thanks, that gave us such a prince; Not only good and wise, but most religious; One that, in all obedience, makes the Church The chief aim of his honour; and, to strengthen That holy duty, out of dear respect, His royal self in judgement comes to hear The cause betwixt her and this great offender.
    5.3 — Act 5 Scene 3 — The council-chamber (66% in)
  • Thus far, My most dread sovereign, may it like your Grace To let my tongue excuse all.
    5.3 — Act 5 Scene 3 — The council-chamber (83% in)

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