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I was taking a walk in the gardens of Lincoln's The sons of them that afflicted thee sbal Inn, a favour that is indulged me by several come bending unto thee.

Ismiaka bencbers who are grown old with me. Tatler. BEND. n. š. (from To bend.] TO BEND. v. a. pret. bended, or bent ;

1. Flexure; incurvation. part. pass. bended, or bent. (bendan,

'Tis true, this god did shake; Saxon ; bander, Fr. as Skinner thinks, His coward lips did from their colour fly; from pandare, Lat.)

And that same eyc, whose bend doth awe the

world, s. To make crooked ; to crook; to in

Did lose its lustre.

Sbakspeare flect. The rainbow compasseth the heavens with a

2. The crooked timbers which make the glorious circle, and the hands of the Most High

ribs or sides of a ship.

Skinner. hath bended it.

Ecclus. 3. (With heralds.] One of the eight hoThey bend their bows, they whirl their slings nourable ordinaries, containing a fifth around:

when uncharged ; but, when charged, Heaps of spent arrows fall, and strew the ground; And helms, and shields, and rattling arms, re

a third part of the escutcheon. It is sound.

Dryden.

made by two lines, drawn thwart ways 2. To direct to a certain point.

from the dextcr chief to the sinister base Octavius and Mark Antony

point.

Harris. Came down upon us with a mighty power, BE'NDABI.E. adj. [from bend.] That may Bending their expedition tow'rd Philippi. Shaks.

be incurvated ; that may be inclined. Why dost thoi bend thy eyes upon the earth, BE'NDER, N, s. [from To bend.] :. And start so often, when thou sitt'st alone? Sbak. Your gracious eyes upon this labour bend.

1. The person who bende.

Fairfax. 2. The instrument with which any thing To that sweet region was our voyage bent,

is bent. When winds, and ev'ry warring element,

These bows, being somewhat like the long Pisturb'd our course.

Dryden. bows in use amongst us, were bent only by a Then, with a rushing sound, th' assembly lend man's immediate strength, without the help of Diverse their steps; the rival rout ascend

any bender, or rack, that are used to others. The royal dome.

Wilkins's Mathematical Magick. 3. To apply to a certain purpose ; to in- BE'NDWITH. n. s. An herb. Dict. tend the mind.

BENE’APED. adj. [from neap.] A ship Men will not bend their wits to examine, whe- is said to be bencaped, when the water ther things, wherewith they have been accus

does not flow high enough to bring her tomed, be good or evil.

Hooker. He is within, with two right reverend fathers,

off the ground, over a bar, or out of a Divinely bent to meditation.

Shakspeare.

dock When he fell into the gout, he was no longer BENEATH. prep. [beneo8, Sax. beneden, able to bend his mind or thoughts to any publick ” Dutch.] business.

Temple. 1. Under; lower in place : opposed to 4. To put any thing in order for use : a

abore. metaphor taken from bending the bow. Their woolly fleeces, as the rites requir'd, I'm settled, and bend up

He laid beneath him, and to rest retird. Do Each corporal agent to this terrible feat. Sbaksp. Ages to come might Ormond's picture know;

As'a fowler was bending his net, a blackbird And palms for thee, beneath his laurels grow: asked him what he was doing? L'Esirange.

Prior, 5. To incline.

2. Under, as overborn or overwhelmed by But when to mischief mortals band their will,

some pressure. How soon they find fit instruments of ill! Pope. Our country sinks beneath the yoke; 6. To subdue ; to make submissive: ; as, It weeps, it bleeds, and each new day a gash war and famine will bend our enemies. Is added to her wounds.

Shakspeare, 7. To bend the brow.; To knit the brow;

And oft on rocks their tender wings they to frown.

tear, Some have been soen to bite their pen, scratch

And sink beneath the burdens which they bear. their head, bend their brows, bite their lips, beat

Dryden. the board, and tear their paper. Camden. 3. Lower in rank, excellence, or dignity. TO BEND. v.n.

We have reason to be persuaded, that there are 1. To be incurvated.

far more species of creatures above us, than "there are beneath,

Locker 2. To lean or jut over.

4. Unworthy of; unbeseeming; not equalto. There is a cliff, whose high and bending head

He will do nothing that is beneath his high Looks fearfully on the confined deep.. Sbaksp.

station, nor omit doing any thing which becomes 3. To resolve; to determine : in this sense it.

Atterbury. the participle is commonly used. BENE'ATH, adv. Not so, for once, indulg'd they sweepthe main, Deaf to the call, or, hcaring, hear in vain;

1. In a lower place; under.

I destroyed the Amorite before them. I deo But, bent on mischief, bear the waves before.

stroyed his fruits from above, and his rpots from Dryden, beneath.

Ass. While good, and anxious for his friend, He's still severely bent against himseif;

The earth which you take from beneatb, will

be barren and unfruitful. Renouncing sleep, and rest, and food, and ease.

Mortizer. Addison,

2. Below, as opposed to heaven. A state of slavery, which they are bent upon

Any thing that is in heaven above, or that is with so much eagerness and obstinacy. Addison.

in the earth beneath.

Exodus He is every where bent on instruction, and

-Trembling I view the dread abyss beneatb, ayoids all manner of digressions. Addison.

Hell's horrid mansions, and the realnış of death, 4. To be submissive ; to bow,

Yuki

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ness,

BE'NEDICT. adj.[benedictus, Lat.] Having Be'NEFICED. adj. [from benefice.] Pose

mild and salubrious qualities : an old sessed of a benefice, or church prefer. physical term.

ment. It is not a small thing won in physick, if you The usual rate between the beneficed man and can make rhubarb, and other medicines that are the religious person, was one moiety of the bebenedict, as strong purgers as those that are not nefice.

Ayliffe. without some malignity.

Bacon. BENEFICENCE. n. s. [from beneficent.] BENEDI'CTION. N. s. [benedictio, Lat.] The practice of doing good ; active 1. Blessing ; a decretory pronunciation of

goodness. happiness.

You could not extend your beneficence to so A sov'reigu shame so bows him; his unkind

many persons; yet you have lost as few days as Aurelius.

Dryden. That stripe her from his benediction, turn'd her Love and charity extends our beneficence to the To foreign casualties, gave her dear rights

miseries of our brethren.

Rogers. To his doghearted daughters. Sbakspeare. BENE'FICENT. adj. [from beneficus, beneFrom him will raise

ficentior, Lat.] Kind ; doing good. It A mighty nation; and upon him show'r His benediction so, that, in his seed,

differs from benign, as the act from the All nations shall be blest.

Milton. disposition; beneficence being kindness 2. The advantage conferred by blessing. or benignity exerted in action.

Prosperity the blessing of the Old Testa- Such a creature could not have his origination ment: adversity is the blessing of the New; from any less than the most wise and beneficent

being, the great God.

Hale. which carrieth the greater benediction, and the clearer revelation of God's favour. Bacon.

But Phabus, thou, to man beneficent,
Delight'st in building cities.

Prior, 3. Acknowledgments for blessings receiv. ed; thanks.

BENEFICIAL. adj. (from beneficium, Lat. Could he less expect

1. Advantageous ; conferring benefits ; Than glory and benediction, that is, thanks ? profitable; useful : with to before the

Milton.

person benefited. Such ingenious and industrious persons are de- Not any thing is made to be beneficial to him, lighted in searching out natural rarities; refecto but all things for him, to shew beneficence and ing upon the Creator of them his due praises and grace in them.

Hooker. benedictions,

Ray. This supposition grants the opinion to con4. The form of instituting an abbot. duce to order in the world, consequently to be What consecration is to a bishop, that bene- very beneficial to mankind.

Tilietsor, diction is to an abbot; but in a different way:

The war, which would have been most benea for a bishop is not properly such, till consecra- ficial to us, and destructive to the enemy, was tion ; but an abbot, being elected and confirmed, neglected.

Swift. is properly such before benediction. Ayliffe. Are the present revolutions in circular orbs, BENEFA'CTION, n. s. [from benefacio,

more beneficial than the other would be? Bentley. Lat]

2. Helpful; medicinal.

In the first access of such a disease, any deoba !. The act of conferring a benefit. 2. The benefit conferred : which is the

struent, without much acrimony, is beneficial,

Arbuthpot. more usual sense.

BENEFI'CTAL. n. s. An old word for a One part of the benefactions, was the expression

bencfice. of a generous and grateful mind. Atterbury,

For that the groundwork is, and end of all, BENEFA'CTOR. N.s.(from benefacio, Lat.] How to obtain a beneficial.

Spenser. He that confers a benefit; frequently he that contributes to some public charity :

Beneficially adv. [from beneficial.] it is used with of, but oftener with to,

Advantageously.; profitably;' helpfully.

BENEFICIALNESS. n. s. (from beneficial.] before the person benefited. Then swell with pride, and must be titled gods,

Usefulness; profit; helpfulness. Great benefactors of mankind, deliverers,

Though the knowledge of these objects be comWorship'd with temple, priest, and sacrifice. mendable for their contentation and curiosity,

Milton.

yet they do not commend their knowledge to us, From that preface he took his hint, though he upon the account of their usefulness and beriefie

cialness.

Hale. had the baseness not to acknowledge his benefactor.

Dryden. BENEFICIARY adj. [from benefice. ] HoldI cannot but look upon the writer as my bene- ing something in subordination to anfactor, if he conveys to me an improvement of

other; having a dependent and secondary my understanding.

Addison. Whoever makes ill returns to his benefactor,

possession, without sovereign power.

The duke of Parma was tempted by no less must needs be a common enemy to mankind.

Swift.

promise, than to be made a feudatory or beneBENEFA'CTRESS. n.s. (from benefactor.]

ficiary king of England, under the seignory in 'chief of the pope.

Bacon. A woman who confers a benefit.

BENEFICIARY. N. s. He that is in posBE'NEFICE. n. s. [from beneficium, Lat.] session of a benefice. : Advantage conferred on another. This A benefice is either said to be a benefice with

word is generally taken for all ecclesias- the cure of souls, or otherwise. In the first case, tical livings, be they dignities or others.

if it be annexed to another benefice, the benen Cowell.

ficiary is obliged to serve the parish church in his And of the priest eftsoons 'gan to enquire,

own proper person,

Aylife. How to a benefice he might aspire. Spenser.

BENEFİT. n. s. (beneficium, Lat.) Much to himself he thought, but little spoke, 1. A kindness; a favour conferred ; an act And, undepriv'd, his benefice forsook. Dryd. of love.

3. In law.

When noble benefits shall prove TO BÉNI'GĦT. v. a. [from night.] No: well dispos’d, the mind grown once corrupţ, i. To involve in darkness; to darken; to They turn to vicious forms. Shakspeare. shrowd with the shades of night.

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.

Psalmse

He that has light within his own clear breast,

May sit i' th' center, and enjoy bright day: Offer'd life

But he that hides a dark soul, and foul thoughts, Neglect not, and the benefit embrace By faith, noc void of works.

Milton.

Benighted walks under the mid-day sun;
Himself is his own dungeon.

Milton. 2. Advantage ; profit; use.

Those bright stars that did adorn our hemiThe creature abateth his strength for the be- sphere, as those dark shades that did benigbt it, nefit of such as put their trust in thee. Wisdom. yanish,

Boyle.

A storm begins, the raging waves run high, Benefit of clergy is an ancient liberty of the The clouds look heavy, and benigbt the sky. church: when a priest, or one within orders, is

Garib, arraigned of felony before a secular judge, he The miscrable race of men, that live may pray his clergy; that is, pray to be de- Benighted half the

year, benumm'd with frosts, livered to his ordinary, to purge himself of the Under the polar Bear,

Pbilips. offence objected to him: and this might be done 2. To surprise with the coming on of in case of murder. The ancient law, in this

night. point of derdy, is much altered; for clerks are no more delivered to their ordinaries to be

Being benighted, the sight of a candle, I saw

a good way off, directed me to a young shepa purged, but now every man, though not within

herd's house.

Sidrey: orders, is put to read at the bar, being found

Here some benigbted angel, in his way, guilty, and convicted of such felony as this bene

Might ease his wings; and, seeing heav'n appear fit is granted for; and so burnt in the hand, and set free for the first time, if the ordinary's com

In its best work of mercy, think it there. Dryd, missioner, or deputy, standing by, do say, Legit 3: To debar from intellectual light; to ut clericus; or, otherwise, suffereth death for his cloud with ignorance. transgression.

Cowell.

But what so long in vain, and yet unknown To Be'NEFIT. v, a. (from the noun.] To By poor mankind's

benigbted wit, is sought, do good to; to advantage.

Shall in this age to Britain first be shown. Dryde What course I mean to hold, BENIGN. adj. (benignus, Lat. It is proShall nothing benefit your knowledge. Shaksp. nounced without the g, as if written He was so far from benefiting trade, that he

benine ; but the g is preserved in be did it a great injury, and brought Rome in danger of a famine.

Arbutbrot. nignity.] TO BENEFIT. v. 1. To gain advantage ;

1. Kind; generous; liberal; actually good, to inake improvement.

See BENEFICENT.
To tell you therefore what I have benefited

This turn bath made amends! Thou hast ful.

fillid herein, among old renowned authors, I shall spare.

Milton.

Thy words, Creator bounteous and benign!
Giver of all things
fair.

Miitors Bone's pt. adj. (See Nempr.] Named;

So shall the world go on, marked out. Obsolete.

To good malignant, to bad men benign. Milten. Much grcater gifts for guerdon thou shalt gain,

We owe more to Heav'n, than to the sword, Than kid or cosset, which I thee, berempt; The wish'd return of so benigs a lord. Wallar. Then up, I say.

Spenser. What Heav'n bestows upon the earth, in kind TO BENE'T. v. a. (from net.] To ensnare; influences and benign aspectsy' is paid it back in to surround as with toils.

sacrifice and adoration.

Souto. Being thus benetted round with villains;

They who delight in the suffering of inferiour Ere I could inark the prologue; to my bane

creatures, will not be very compassionate or They had begun the play. Sbakspeare. benign,

Locke. BENE'VOLENCE. n. so (benevolentia, Lat.)

Diff'rent are thy names, 1. Disposition to do good; kindness; cha

As thy kind hand has founded many cities,

Or dealt benign thy various gifts to meo. Prior, rity; good-will. Grasp the whole worlds of reason, life, and

2. Wholesome; not malignant.

These salts are of a benign mild nature, in In one close system of benevolence. Pope.

healthy persons; but, in others, retain their ori2. The good done; the charity given.

ginal qualities, which they discover in cachexies.

Arbutbrot, 3. A kind of tax. This tas, called a benevolence, was devised by

BENIGN Disease, is when all the usual Edward iv. for which he sustained much envy. symptoms appear in the small-pox, or

It was abolished by Richard 111. Bacon, any acrite disease, favourably, and withBENE'VOLENT, adj. [benevolens, benevo- out any irregularities, or unexpected lentia, Lat.] Kind; having good-will, changes.

Quincy: or kind inclinations.

BENIGNITY. 17. s. [from benign.]
Thou good old m..., benevolent as wise. Pope. 1. Gracionsness; goodness.
Nature all

It is true, that his mercy will forgive offendIs blooming and benevolent like thee. Thomson.

ers, or his benignity co-operate to their con BENE'VOLENTNESS. . S. Benevolence. version,

Brocur. BENGA’L. . s. [from Bengal in the East Although he enjoys the good that is done him, Indies.] A sort of thin slight stuff,

he is unconcerned to value the benignity of him that does it.

South, made of silk and hair, for women's ap

2. Actuai kindness. parel.

He wloh useth the benefit of any special de BE'NJAMIN. n. s. A plant.

nigrity, may enjoy it with good conscience, BE'NJAMIN, N. 5. A guin. See BenzOIN.

Honlar.

.

sense,

1

The king was desirous to establish peace rag

Their unbelief we may not impute into inther by bermignity than blood. Hayward.

mifficiency in the mean which is used, but to

the wilful bent of their obstinate hearts against 3. Salubrity ; wholesome quality; friend

it.

Hooker. liness to vital nature.

Yet we saw them forced to give way to the Bones receive a quicker agglutination in san

bent, and current humour of the people, in faguine than in choleric bodies, by reason of the

vour of their ancient and lawful government. benignity of the serum, which sendeth out better

Temples matter for a callus.

Wiseman, BENIGNLY. adv. (from benign.) Favour.

8. Turn of the temper, or disposition ; ably; kindly; graciously,

shape, or fashion, superinduced by arte

Not a courtier, "T is amazement, more than love,

Although they wear their faces to the bent Which her radiant eyes do move ;

Of the king's look, but hath a heart that is If less splendour wait on thine,

Shakspeare. Yet they so benignly shine,

Glad at the thing they scowl at. I would turn my dazzled sight

Two of them have the very bent of honour.

Shakspeare To behold their milder light.

Waller,

Then thy straight rule set virtue in my sight, Oh, truly good, and truly great!

The crooked line reforming by the right; For glorious as he rose, benignly so he set. Prior.

My reason took the bent of thy command, Be'nison, n. s. (benir, to bless; benissons, Was form'd and polish'd by thy skilful hand. Fr.] Blessing ; benediction : not now

Dryden. used, unless ludicrously.

9. Tendency; flexion; particular direca We have no such daughter; nor shall ever see tion. That face of hers again; therefore, begone The exercising the understanding in the several Without our grace, our love, our bénison. Shak.

ways of reasoning, teacheth the mind suppleness, Unmuffle, ye fair stars, and thou fair moon, to apply itself more dexterously to bents and That wont'st to love the traveller'sbenison. Milt.

turns of the matter, in all its researches. Lockiga BE'NNET, n. s. An herb; the same with

10. A stalk of grass, called bent-grass. Avens

His spear, a bent both stiff and strong, Bent. 1. s. [from the verb To bend.]

And well near of two inches long; 2. The state of being bent; a state of flex- The pile was of a horse-fly's tongue, ure ; curvity,

Whose sharpness nought reversed. Drayton. Strike gently, and hold your rod at a bent a

'Then the flowers of the vines; it is a little little.

Walton.. dust, like the dust of a bent, which grows upon 2. Degree of flexure.

the cluster, in the first coming forth. Bacon. There are divers subtle inquiries concerning

June is drawn in a mantle of dark grass-green; the strength required to the bending of bows;

upon his head a garland of bents, kingcups, and the force they have in the discharge, according

maidefihair.

Peacbam. to the sever :1 bents; and the strength required BE'N TING Tiine: (from bent.] The time to be in the string of them.,

Wilkins.

when pigeons feed on bents before peas 3. Declivity.

are ripe. A mountain stood,

Bare berting times, and moulting months, may Threat'ning from high, and overlook'd the wood;

corne Beneath the low’ring brow, and on a bent, When, lagging late, they cannot reach their The temple stood of Mars armipotent. Dryden.

home.

Dryden. 4. Utmost power, as of a bent bow. Then let thy love be younger than thyself,

To BENU'M. v. a. [benumen, Saxon.] Or thy affection cannot hold the bent. Sbuksp. 1. To make torpid ; to take away the senWe both obey,

sation and use of any part by cold, or And here give up ourselves, in the ful bent, by some obstruction. To lay our service freely at your feet. Sbakspeare.

So stings a snake that to the fire is brought, S: Application of the mind ; strain of the

Which harn.less lay with cold benutzm'd, before mental powers.

Fairfax. The understanding should be brought to the The winds blow moist and keen, which bids knotty parts of knowledge, that try the strength

us seek of thought, and a full bent of the mind, by in- Some better shroud, some better warm:h, ta sensible degrees.

Locke.

cherish 6. Inclination ; disposition toward some

Our limbs benummid.

Milton. thing.

My sincus slacken, and an icy stiffness O who does know the bent of women's fantasy!

Benums my blood.

Dabam. Spenser.

It seizes upon the vitals, and bennms the senses; To your own bents dispose you; you'll be found,

and where there is no sensu, there can be nopain.

South. Be you beneath the sky:

Shakspeare. He knew the strong bent of the country to

Will they be the less dangerous, when warmth wards the house of York.

Bacon.

shall bring them to themselves, because they Soon inclin'de admit delight,

were once frozen and benummed with cold? The bent of natura

L'Estrange Milton. The golden age was first; when man, yet new,

2. To stupify. No rule but uncorrupted reason knews

These accentsworeherlast: the creeping death And, with a native bent, did good pursue. Dryd.

Denummil her senses tirst, then stopp d her Let there be propensity and bent of will to re

breath.

Dryden. ligion, and there will be the same sedulity ard BENZO'IN: n. s. A medicinal kind of resin indefatigable industry.

South.

imported from the East Indies, and vul. Tis odds but the scale turns at last on nature's side, and the evidence of one or two senses

garly called benjamin. It is procured by sves way to the united tent and tendency of al.

making an incision in a tree, whose the five

Atterbury.

leaves resemble those of the lemon trec. 7. Determination ; fixed purpose.

The best comes from Siam, and is called

3.

scurt out.

to her.

amygdaloides, being interspersed with savages; it is to bercave us of all arts and sci

ences, of history and letters, nay of revealed re. white spots, resembling broken almonds.

ligion too, that inestimable favour of Heaven. Trevoux. Chambers.

Bentley's Sermons. The liquor we have distilled from benzoin, is

2. Sometimes it is used without of. subject to frequent vicissitudes of Auidity and

Bereave me not firmness.

Boyle. Whereon I live! thy gentle looks, thy aid, Jo BE PA'INT. v. a. [from paint.] To

Thy counsel, in this uitermost distress. Milton, cover with paint.

To take away from. Thou know'st, the mask of night is on my

All your interest in those territories face,

Is utterly bereft you, all is lost.

Sbakspeare: Else would a maiden blush bepaint my cheek.

BERE'AVEMENT. n. s. [from bereav.)
Shakspeare.
Deprivation.

Dict. I. BEPI'NCH. 3. a. [from pinch.] To

BERE'Ft. The part. pass. of bereave. mark with pinches.

The chief of either side, bereft of life, In their sides, arms, shoulders, all bepinebt,

Or yielded to the foe, concludes the strife. Ran thick the weals, red with blood, ready to Chapsan.

Dryden.

BERG. See BURROW. To Bepi'ss. v. a. [from piss.] To wet

BE'R GAMOT. n. s. [bergamoite, Fr.] with urine. One caused, at a feast, a bagpipe to be played,

1. A sort of pear, commonly called burgawhich made the knight bepiss himself, to thegreat

mot. See PEAR, diversion of all then present, as well as con- 2. A sort of essence, or perfume, drawn fusion of himself.

Derbam. from a fruit produced by ingrafting a I. BEQUEATH. v. a. (cpide, Sax. 4 lemon-tree on a bergamot pear stock. will.] To leave by will to another. She had never been disinherited of that goodly 3. A sort of snuff, which is only clean to

bacco, with a little of the essence rubbed portion, which nature had so liberally bequeathed

into it. Sidney.

BE'RGMASTER.N.s.[from beng, Sax. and Let's choose executors, and talk of wills; And yet not so for what can we bequeath, master.] The bailiff, or chief officer, Save our deposed bodies to the ground? Shaksp. among the Derbyshire miners.

My father bequeathed me by will but a poor BE'RGMOTE. . s. (of beng, a monntain, thousand crowns.

Shakspeare,

and mote, a meeting, Saxon.] A court Methinks this age seems resolved to biqueath

held upon a hill for deciding controverposterity somewhat to remember it. Glanville. For you,

whom best I love and value most, sies among the Derbyshire miners. But to your service I bequeath my ghost. Dryd.

Blount. BEQUE'ATHMENT, n. s. [from bequeath.] To BERHYME v. a. [from rhyme.] To A legacy

Dict. mention in rhyme, or verses: a word of BEQUE'ST. n. s. [from bequeath.] Some- contempt. thing left by will; a legacy.

Now is he for the numbers that Petrarch He claimed the crown to himself; pretending flow'd in: Laura to his lady was but a kitchen. an adoption,

or bequest, of the kingdom unto him wench; marry, she had a better love to be by the Confessor. Hale. rhyme her.

Sbatspare. TO BERA'TTLE, V. a. (from rattle.] To 1 sought no hoinage from the race that write;

I kept, like Asian monarchs, from their sight: fill with noise; to make a noise at in

Poems I heeded, now berbym'd so long, contempt.

No more than thou, great George! a birthday These are now the fashion, and so berattle the

song. cominon stages, so they call them, that many

BERLI'N. 1. s. [from Berlin, the city wearing rapiers are afraid of goosequills, and

dare scarce come thither. Sbakspeare. where they were first made.] A coach BE'R BERRY. n. so (berberis, sometimes of a particular form. written barberry, which see.] A berry

Beware of Latin authors all !

Nor think your verses sterling, of a sharp taste, used for pickles.

Though with a golden pen you scrawl, Some never ripen to be sweet, as tamarinds,

And scribble in a berlin. berberries, crabs, sloes, &c. Bacon's Nat. Hist.

Swift TO BERE'AVE. V. n. pret. bereaved, or

BERME. n. s. [fr. in fortification.] A bereft; part. pass. bereft. [be neoriari,

space of ground three, four, or five feet Saxon.]

wide, left without, between the foot of

the rampart and the side of the mote, 1. To strip of; to deprive of. It has ge

to prevent the earth from falling down nerally the particle of before the thing

into the mote ; sometimes palisadoed. taken away Madam, you have bereft me of all words,

Harris. Only my blood speaks to you in my veins. TO BERO'B. v. a. (from rob.] To rob;

Shakspeare. to plunder ; to wrong any, by taking That when thou com'st to kneel at Henry's away something from him by stealth or feet,

violence. Not used. Thou may’st bereave him of his wits with

She said, Ah dearest lord! what evil star wonder.

Shakspeare.

On you hath frown'd, and pour'd his influence There was never a prince bereaved of his de

bad, pendencies by his council, except there hath been ansver greatness in one counsellor,Bacon's Essays. BE'RRY. n. s. (berig, Sax. from benan,

That of yourself you thus berobbed are? F.Qucer. The sacred priests with ready knives bereuve The beasts of life.

Dryden.

to bear.] Any small fruit, with many To deprive us of metals, is to make us mere seeds or small stones.

Pope

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