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Humil(l)y, Humely, adv. Also: humilye, -ile, -il(l)ie, hummily, hwmillie, humyly, hum(m)ylly(e, -lie, hwmylly(e; humeli(e, hum(m)ele, himylie. [f. Humil(l. a. Cf. ME. (once) humelich (c 1380), and Humbly, Humly.] In a humble manner.(a) 1375 Barb. i. 578.
He him thankit humyly
Ib. 614.
He … answeryt til hym humyly
a1400 Leg. S. xli. 134.
Mak sacrifice … Humyly one til oure goddes
1490 Irland Mir. I. 133/9.
Richt humily, with gret … reuerence, sche rais on fute
Id. Asl. MS. I. 70/5.
I repent … and humilie askis mercy at God
1517 Reg. Privy S. I. 457/1.
It is humilie … complenit till us
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 6092.
Full humilye he teichit ws, Nocht for to be to curious
1585 Prot. Bk. J. Scott 225.
Mr Nicoll humilie craweing pardoun
1608 Crim. Trials II. 562.
Vnto ȝour lordschipis humilie menis and schawis … Marioun Heislop … that [etc.]
(b) 1375 Barb. xviii. 404.
He … velcummyt hym full humylly
1490 Irland Mir. I. 12/30.
Ask it humylly at the fadere of hevin
1531 Bell. Boece I. 88.
We Britonis … ar cumin humilly to yow
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 909.
The … nonnis … humyllye of that gylt askit grace
1555 Corr. M. Lorraine 402.
I wald hwmyllye pray your grace for ane writyng
c1590 Fowler I. 141/12.
Ressaue these verse which humillie I propyne
1597 Lett. & State P. Jas. VI 31.
Maist hwmillie kissing ȝour majesties handis
(c) c1475 Wall. v. 601.
Scho … Hummylly hyr led, and purchest a gud name
1518 Glenartney MS. Doc.
Forsamekle as it is hummily menit and schewin to ws … that [etc.]
1536 Douglas Corr. 351.
This … we … mast hummylly besekis ȝour grace to do
(d) 1375 Barb. iii. 762.
Thai … serwyt him full humely
1444 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 10.
We … beseikis humeli yhour lordship that [etc.]
c1490 Irland Asl. MS. I. 32/21.
He suld graunt his defalt hvmely and offer amendis
1535 Stewart 14799.
So humelie amang thame he began
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 2435.
All peple … Rycht humelye maid adoratioun
1562-3 Winȝet I. 59/15.
To favour, luve, and humelie obey
c1600 Montg. Suppl. 197/41.
I humele pray ȝour grace, latt my complaint cum peirs ȝour eareis
1605 Stewart Mem. 114.
For samekill as it is hummele menit and schawin to ws … that [etc.]
c1650 Spalding II. 354.
The other factioun wes forsit to walk humelie
(e) 1544 Corr. M. Lorraine 85.
Madame, I commend hartlie and himylie my service one to your grace

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