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  • King shewing a stearne countenance, saide; I should have much commended the kindnesse of fortune, if in the whole course of my life, I had tasted the least moity of that delight, which Guiscardo received by conversing with faire Ghismonda.

    The Decameron

  • You are his onely sonne and heire, to whom he hath bequeathed his rich possessions (your Mothers moity evermore remembred) and travaile would now seeme fitting for you, as well to gaine experience in Trafficke and Merchandize, as also to let you see the worlds occurrences.

    The Decameron

  • Poore Frederigo, although his necessity was extreame, and his greefe great, remembring his former inordinate expences, a moity whereof would now have stood him in some stead; yet he had a heart as free and forward as ever, not a jotte dejected in his minde, though utterly overthrowne by Fortune.

    The Decameron

  • The leaders of the Slavonian contingent, eager to rob Theoderic of glory, marched in haste on the Saxons, attacked them in their camp, and were so completely defeated and overthrown that but a moity of their army escaped from the field.

    Historical Tales, Vol 5 (of 15) The Romance of Reality, German

  • Let it be indelibly impressed on the mind, however, that this amount, large as it is, is only a moity of the sum that it has cost to maintain slavery in North Carolina.

    The Impending Crisis of the South: How to Meet It

  • Battista de Vilanis his servant one half, that is the moity, of his garden which is outside the walls of Milan, and the other half of the same garden to Salai his servant; in which garden aforesaid

    The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci — Complete

  • It is my will that when my son George shall arrive at the age of one and twenty years the other moity [sic] or half part of my said Capitol Bank stocks the other moiety or half part of my said Bank annuity, and the other moiety of half part of my said two thousand pounds ordered to be placed out at interest as aforesaid together with the interest that shall arise out of out of the said moiety of the said Capitol Bank stocks and & of the said Bank annuity and of the said two thousand pounds after the sd. two years

    Robert Carter's will, October 16, 1732

  • 1334: (Thine being but a moity of my moane) 1335: To ouer-go thy woes, and drowne thy cries.

    Richard III (1623 First Folio Edition)

  • So thou'lt be high and moity will tha! thou'lt not walk wi 'maaids, but traipse by thissen like a slut in the toon -- dang tha! "

    Stories in Light and Shadow

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