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Humly, -lie, adv. Also: humle, -lye, hummlie, huim-, huymly, howmmly. [Reduced var. of Humily, only in Sc. use. Cf. Humbly adv.] In a humble manner. 1481 Peebles B. Rec. 189.
Rycht humly … Archbald … requirit the said balyeis … that [etc.]
a1500 Seven S. 222.
Humly on curtas wys To his fader he bowit
1533 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 63.
We humlie beseik your lordschip … that [etc.]
1537 Ib. 81.
Vnto your lordschipis humle menis … we your seruitouris
1570 6th Rep. Hist. MSS. App. 650/2.
I humlye tak my leif of your lordschip
1579 Acts III. 175/2.
Ȝour gracious ansuer maist huymly I beseik
1595 Aberd. Council Lett. I. 63.
We maist hummlie beseik ȝour maiestie to [etc.]
1606 Lett. & State P. Jas. VI 81.
I doe maist howmlly craif your maiesties pardoune
1608 Crim. Trials II. 561.
Your lordschipis ansuer humlie I beseik

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