In obsolete|lang=en terms the difference between hende and hede
is that hende
is (obsolete) courteous, gracious while hede
is (obsolete) rank; order; condition; quality.
As an adjective hende
is (obsolete) near, close at hand, handy.
As a noun hede is
(obsolete) rank; order; condition; quality.
(obsolete) Near, close at hand, handy.
(obsolete) Courteous, gracious.
:* Late 14th century': Oure Hoost þo spak, “A, sire, ye sholde be '''hende / And curteys, as a man of youre estaat” — Geoffrey Chaucer, ‘The Friar's Prologue’, ''Canterbury Tales (OUP 1988, p. 122)
:* 14th century': And if he were so '''hende and so wis / Þat she ne my?t al abate his pris, / Yit wolde she blame his worþynesse / Or by hir wordis make it lesse. — Geoffrey Chaucer, ''The Romaunt of the Rose (OUP 1988, p. 689-90)
(obsolete) Rank; order; condition; quality.