Careful Words

command (n.)

command (v.)

I will be correspondent to command,

And do my spiriting gently.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): The Tempest. Act i. Sc. 2.

Whoe'er she be,

That not impossible she,

That shall command my heart and me.

Richard Crashaw (Circa 1616-1650): Wishes to his Supposed Mistress.

  Though her mien carries much more invitation than command, to behold her is an immediate check to loose behaviour; to love her was a liberal education.

Sir Richard Steele (1671-1729): Tatler. No. 49.

'T is not in mortals to command success,

But we 'll do more, Sempronius,—we 'll deserve it.

Joseph Addison (1672-1719): Cato. Act i. Sc. 2.