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Cóurage. n.s. [courage, Fr. from cor, Latin.] Bravery; active fortitude; spirit of enterprise.

                The king becoming graces,
Devotion, patience, courage, fortitude;
I have no relish of them.
Shakespeare's Macbeth.

                  Their discipline
Now mingled with their courage.
Shakespeare's Cymbeline.

Hope arms their courage: from their tow'rs they throw
Their darts with double force, and drive the foe.

Courage, that grows from constitution, very often forsakes a man when he has occasion for it; and when it is only a kind of instinct in the soul, it breaks out on all occasions, without judgment or discretion. That courage which arises from the sense of our duty, and from the fear of offending Him that made us, acts always in an uniform manner, and according to the dictates of right reason. Addison's Guardian.

Nothing but the want of common courage was the cause of their misfortunes. Swift.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Shakespeare's Cymbeline (73) · Dryden, John (788) · Shakespeare's Macbeth (136) · Swift, Jonathan (306)

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