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mayst

 (māst)
aux.v.
Variant of mayest.

mayst

(meɪst) or

mayest

vb
archaic or dialect (used with the pronoun: thou or its relative equivalent) a singular form of the present tense of may1

may

(meɪ)

auxiliary v., pres. may;
1. (used to express possibility): It may rain. You may have been right.
2. (used to express opportunity or permission): You may enter.
3. (used to express contingency, esp. in clauses indicating condition, concession, purpose, result, etc.): strange as it may seem; Let us concur so that we may live in peace.
4. (used to express wish or prayer): Long may you live!
5. Archaic. (used to express ability or power.)
Idioms:
be that as it may, whether or not that is true.
[before 900; Middle English mai 1st and 3rd pers. singular present indic. of mouen, Old English mæg (infinitive magan), c. Old Frisian mei, Old Saxon, Old High German, Gothic mag, Old Norse mā; compare main, might2]
usage: See can1.

May

(meɪ)

n.
1. the fifth month of the year, containing 31 days.
2. (often l.c.) the early flourishing part of life; prime.
3. the festive activities of May Day.
v.i.
4. (l.c.) to gather flowers in May.
[before 1050; Middle English, Old English Maius < Latin, short for Māius mēnsis]

May

(meɪ)

n.
Cape, a cape at the SE tip of New Jersey, on Delaware Bay.
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The loving Father sends the sunshine and the shower, That thou mayst become a perfect little flower;-- The sweet dews to feed thee, the soft wind to cheer, And the earth as a pleasant home, while thou art dwelling here.
Not from my lips mayst thou hear these tidings; yet, be thou bold, and the daylight shall not pass away from yonder hill-top before thy wish be granted.
Then, lay down thy head speedily upon my knees, that thou mayst get thee hence before the hour be past.
I love thee, my sweet chuck, and gin I go not with thee to that same Blue Boar thou mayst call me a heathen.
See that thou takest good care of thy fair guest there, and when he wakes thou mayst again charge him ten shillings also, and if he hath it not, thou mayst take his bag and hammer, and even his coat, in payment.
Well and truly thankful mayst thou be," quoth the Tinker, "that I be a patient man and so do spare thy bald crown, else wouldst thou ne'er cheat customer again.
My father will willingly satiate thy utmost wishes; and if thou wilt act wisely, thou mayst purchase with our spoils thy restoration to civil society mayst obtain pardon for past errors, and be placed beyond the necessity of committing more.
My strength thou mayst indeed overpower for God made women weak, and trusted their defence to man's generosity.
Of such a nicety must be thy handling of the weapon that thou mayst touch an antagonist at will and so lightly, shouldst thou desire, that thy point, wholly under the control of a master hand, mayst be stopped before it inflicts so much as a scratch.
Thou art fifteen years of age, and thy name be Norman, and so, as this be the ancient castle of Torn, thou mayst answer those whom thou desire to know it that thou art Norman of Torn; that thou be a French gentleman whose father purchased Torn and brought thee hither from France on the death of thy mother, when thou wert six years old.
Only "When Grecian mothers shall give birth to men, / Then mayst thou be restored; but not till then.
Shakespeare appears to draw upon it when, in Sonnet 73, he implies that he is in the late autumn of his life: "That time of year thou mayst in me behold / When yellow leaves, or none, or few do hang / Upon those boughs which shake against the cold" (1-3).