Give Ear Meaning

(idiomatic, intransitive) To listen: to devote one's attention to an auditory event.

Example: 1599, William Shakespeare, The Merry Wives of Windsor, I.i
  Give ear to his motions: Master Slender, I will description the matter to you, if you be capacity of it.
(Can we date this quote?) Dante Gabriel Rosetti, A Death-Parting, lines 5-6
  Leaves and rain and the days of the year,
  ( Water-willow and wellaway,)
  All these fall, and my soul gives ear