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Hede, Heid, n.2 Also: hed, heide; head(e. [ME. hed, hede (a 1300), f. ME. heden v., OE. hédan, to take charge, pay heed, concern oneself about.] Heed, careful attention.  c1600 Montg. Suppl. xxii. 3.
The invard secrettis of ingyne Quheir is contenit sic verteuis hed and cair

In the phr. to tak or haf hede (to or of something, or with other complements).(1) 1375 Barb. ii. 95.
He tuk alsua full gud hed To [all] that the byschop had said
a1400 Leg. S. iii. 910.
As ȝe may se, and ȝe tak hede
?1438 Alex. ii. 4601.
Porrus na hede wald to him tak
1456 Hay I. 224/17.
The burges … takis hede to nane weris
c1460 Consail Wys Man 353.
Al thing has tyme wald men tak heid
c1475 Wall. v. 136.
Off othir trade scho tuk … no heid
1513 Doug. ii. xi. 57.
Ȝe, my seruandis, tak heid quhat I say
1563-1570 Buch. Wr. 14.
The principal … sal tak head that thyr thyngis be performit
a1578 Pitsc. I. 101/9.
The Earle … tuik lyttill heid of thir heirschipis
1611-57 Mure I. 7/127.
In tyme tak heid then, least too lait thou mourne
(2) a1400 Leg. S. xiii. Prol. 49.
Facis fowre, As to foure partis haffand hed Of al this warld
a1568 Scott vi. 11.
Luve to hienes hes no heid

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