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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Humbly, -lie, Humbilly, adv. Also: hwmblely, humbli, -lé, huimbly; humbelly. [ME. humbely (c 1374), humblely, humbly.] Humbly, with humility.(a) c1400 Troy-bk. ii. 1439.
The Gregeois preyed right humbly, That [etc.]
1463 Lennox Mun. 76.
To ȝoure henes … humbli I … menys me that [etc.]
c1475 Wall. xi. 1338.
Humbly to God his spreyt he thar comend
1492 Acta Conc. 211/2.
Huchoune … huimbly besoucht my lord to gif him curatouris
1553 Lanark B. Rec. 25.
Your maisterschipis answer hyrintyll rycht humble I beseik
1570 Sat. P. x. 192.
Maist humblie our sone halsit that dame
1579 Acts III. 182/1.
We huimbly and earnestlie require [etc.]
(b) c1475 Wall. xi. 269.
Hwmblely he said, Ye suld disples you nocht
(c) 1540 Lynd. Sat. 3440.
Soverane, I sall obey ȝow humbillie
1596 Dalr. I. 178/4.
He humbillie … requyres, that men of religione … be sente in Scotland
1608 Highland P. III. 107.
This humbillie craifeing pardoune of this I my presumptioun
1668 Bk. Old Edinb. C. V. 142.
Humbelly supplicating that [etc.]

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