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Laud, Lawd, n.1 Also: laude, lawde. [ME. laud(e)s pl. (Rolle), laude (Chaucer), OF. laude, L. laus, laud-em, pl. laudes.]

1. a. Praise, high commendation. Also plur. b.Fame, glory, high reputation. c. An instance of praise or glory. d. A cause for praise.a. 1490 Irland Mir. I. 90/8.
For his laude, glore, honour and seruice He has maid [etc.]
1513 Doug. i. Prol. 1.
Lawd, honour, praysyngis, thankis infynyte To thé … Maist reuerend Virgill
1525 Aberd. B. Rec. I. xl.
For … keiping of guid service within the said queir, to the laud and gloir of God, the blissit evangel, and thair patroun and all sanctis
1530 Lynd. Test. Pap. 372.
Sum men wyll gyf ȝov laud, as lordis, Quhilk wald be glaid to se ȝov hang in cordis
c1552 Id. Mon. 2405.
Quhy do ye give the honour, laud and glore Pertening God … Till imagis
1560 Rolland Seven S. 245.
Thay salust him [the emperor] with laude and reuerence
a1568 Bann. MS. 30 b/7.
Omnipotent fader … To [thé] be laud in tryne and vnitie
1567 G. Ball. 115.
Greit is the Lord, and all laude dois excell
c1590 Fowler I. 20/13.
Than Fowlars laude so lowde I herd them sound
1609 Garden Garden 34.
Though thou be dead, … Thy laud shall not inlaik
1622-6 Bisset II. 181/27.
[James VI] to his lawde and commend Godis name and worde ay prased
plur. 1567 G. Ball. 156.
The laudis of the Lord, trewlie, ȝe may sing merilie
a1578 Pitsc. I. 108/4.
My father … deservit great laudis and praissis for the [seeking out of traitors]
b. c1420 Wynt. iv. 2013 (W).
Off all men ay the multitud Sall set thaim ay to eik his gude With honour lawde and worschip wyn
a1500 Henr. Test. Cress. 462.
Nocht is ȝour famous laud and hie honour Bot wind inflat in vther mennis eiris
Ib. 488.
With greit tryumphe and laude victorious Agane to Troy richt royallie they raid
c1500-c1512 Dunb. vii. 46.
Welcum most dughti, … And moist of lawde, and hie magnificence
1513 Doug. i. Prol. 257.
Quharin Virgill beris the palm of lawd
Ib. v. iv. 131.
Or thai thar lawd suld loys or vassyllage Thai had far levir lay thar lyfe in wage
Ib. vi. xiv. 42.
The feruent lufe of his kynd natyve land … Mot al evil rumour fra his lawd byvaue
1533 Boece iv. xvj. 153 b.
Thai suld owder conques inmortall lawde, or perpetuale seruitute
1530 Lynd. Test. Pap. 515.
Had he bene counsalabyll, He had obtenit laude, glore and victorie
15.. Clar. v. 2287.
Of knightlie fame and lawd was Britan bauld
a1578 Pitsc. I. 107/24.
[He defeated his enemy] to no les schame and mervell of his adwersaris then great laude and praisse of this our natiue countrie
c. 1513 Doug. iv. iii. 6.
A huge honour and lawd ȝe sal of this Raport
1560 Rolland Seven S. Title-page, 6.
The seuin seages … with ane louing and laude to euerie doctour efter his awin tale
Ib. 2073.d. Id. Ct. Venus ii. 351.
It was na laude, nor ȝit humanitie On sic ane wicht to schaw thame villanous

2. plur. Lauds, the church-service (eccl. L. laudes). Also transf. 1525 Aberd. B. Rec. I. xl.
Except that the said Sir Johne Cuming, for teaching of the said scuill, and the said Gilbert Robertson for his study, ar apportionat … allanerlie to depart fra mas at the laudis
transf. 1501 Doug. Pal. Hon. Prol. 95.
Recounsell me out of this greit affray, That I may sing ȝow [May and Venus] laudis day be day
Id. Æn. xii. Prol. 248.
The larkis … to dame Natur, and the fresch Venus, Rendryng hie lawdis in thar obseruance

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