from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A Middle English form of key.
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For seing the whole processe ronneth vpon gouernaunce and Lawes, for thadministracion of commune wealthes, in peace and in warre, of aunciente times tofore our greate graundfathers daies: to whom mighte I bettre presente it, then to a Lorde of verie nobilitie and wisedome, that hath bene highe Mareshalle in the field abrode, deputie of the locke and keie of this realme, and a counsailour at home, of thre worthie princes.
And had therfore a keie giuen vnto theim, when thei ware admitted to this ordre.
Wherefore it is no marucl if the faithfull do with this keie o - pcn to thefelues the dore to pray.
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