This set of adverb still has actually some literature use, though whence is currently rare, having been replaced in modern-day English by ‘where from’. Hence is the most facility form, having interpretations of place, time, and result (the latter typical in modern formal English), and additionally entering right into theoccasional link formation, such together hence-going <= departure> (Cym III.ii.64). Various other constructions belonging to this collection (e.g.


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whenceforth) were used in Early modern English, yet are not discovered in Shakespeare.
ItemLocationExampleGloss
henceAYL II.vii.3he is but even currently gone hence(away) indigenous here, indigenous this place
henceCE III.i.122I’ll fulfill you in ~ that ar some hour hencefrom now, native this point in time
henceLC 110controversy hence a concern takesas a result, therefore
henceforthRJ III.v.241Thou and my bosom henceforth shall it is in twainfrom this time forth; from now on
henceforward2H6 IV.vii.16henceforward all points shall be in commonfrom currently on
thenceTem I.ii.394Thence ns have adhered to it(away) indigenous there, from the place
whence1H6 I.iv.99Whence cometh this alarum and the noise?from which / what place, from whereby
whencesoeverR2 II.iii.22It is my kid ... / sent from my brother Worcester whencesoeverfrom everything place, from what or other
 

Several that these creates were sometimes used with a redundant preposition.

ItemLocationExampleGloss
hence, fromR2 III.iii.6Richard not far from hence hath hid his head 
henceforth, from1H4 I.iii.5I will certainly from henceforth fairly be myself 
thence, fromCE IV.iv.147Fetch our ingredient from thence 
whence, fromCE III.i.37Let that walk native whence the came 
whence, ofMM III.ii.206Of whence are you? 

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HERE, THERE, and WHERE; HITHER, THITHER, and also WHITHER