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your feet,

4. Without rhyme ; where the rhyme is

his soul remains, how will this man be amazed and blanked!

Tillotsoria blanched, or missed. The lady shall say her mind freely, or the

2. To efface; to annul. blank verse shall hali for it.

Sbakspeare:

All former purposes were blanked, the goverLong have your ears been fill'd with tragick nour at a bay, and all that charge lost and can

celled.

Spenser. parts; Blood and blank verse have harden'd all your BLA'N KET. n. s. [blanchette, Fr.] hearts.

Addison. 1. A woollen cover, soft, and loosely woOur blank verse, where there is no rhyme to

ven, spread commonly upon a bed, over support the expression, is extremely difficult to

the linen sheet, for the procurement of such as are not masters in the tongue. Addison.

warmth. BLANK. n. s. [from the adjective.]

Nor heaven peep through the blanket of the 1. A void space on paper.

dark, I cannot write a paper full as I used to do; and

To cry hold! hold!

Sbakspeare. yet I will not forgive a blank of half an inch from

The abilities of man must fall short on one side you.

Swift. or other, like too scanty a blanket when you are 2. A lot, by which nothing is gained; a-bed : if you pull it upon your shoulders, you which has no prize marked upon it. leave your feet bare ; if you thrust it down upon If you have heard your general talk of Rome,

your shoulders are uncovered. Tempk. And of his friends there, it is lots to blanks

Himself among the storied chiefs he spies, My name hath touch'd your ears. Sbakspeare.

As from the blanket high in air he flies. Popes In fortune's lottery lies

2. A kind of pear, sometimes written A heap of blanks, like this, for one small prize.

blanquet.

Dryden. The world the coward will despise,

T. BLA'NKET.

r. v. a. (from the noun.] When life's a blank, who pulls not for a prize.

1. To cover with a blanket.

Dryden. My face I 'll grime with filth; 3. A paper from which the writing is efa Blanket

my loins; tie all my hair in knots. faced.

Shakspeare. She has left him

2. To toss in a blanket, by way of penalty The blank of what he was;

or contempt. I tell thee, eunuch, she has quite unmann'd him. Ah, ho! he cry'd, what street, what lane,

Dryden.

but knows 4. A paper unwritten; any thing without Our purgings, pumpings, blanketings, and blows? marks or characters.

Popes For him, I think not on him; for his thoughts, BLA'NKLY. adv. (from blank.] In a blank Would they were blanks, rather than till'd with manner; with whiteness; with paleness;

Sbakspeare. with confusion. Omission to do what is necessary,

To BLARE. v. n. (blaren, Dutch.) To Seals a commission to blank of danger. Shaks.

bellow; to roar.

Skinner. For the book of knowledge fair, Presented with an universal blank

To BLASPHE'ME. v. a. [blasphemo, low Of nature's works, to me expung’d and ras'd. Latin.]

Milton. 1. To speak in terms of impious irreverLife may be one great blank, which, though

ence of God. not blotted with sin, is yet without any characters of grace or virtue.

Rogers.

2. To speak evil of.

The truest issue of thy throne 5. The point to which an arrow is di

By his own interdiction stands accurs'd, rected; so called, because, to be more And does blaspheme his breed. Shakespeare visible, it was marked with white. Now Those who from our labours heap their board, disused.

Blaspheme their feeder, and forget their lord. Slander,

Popes Whose whisper o'er the world's diameter, To BLASPHEME. v. n. To speak blasAs level as the cannon to his blank,

phcmy. Transports its poison's shot. Sbakspeare.

Liver of blaspheming Jew. Sbakspeare, 6. Aimn; shot. Not used.

I punished them oft in every synagogue, and The harlot king compelled them to blaspireme.

Acts. Is quite beyond my aim; out of the blank BLASPH E'MER. N. s. (froin blaspheme.) A And level of my brain.

Sbakspeare.

wretch that speaks of God in impious I have spoken for you all my best ;

and irreverent terms. And stood within the blank of his displeasure, For my free speech.

Sbakspeare.

Who was before a blaspbemer, and a persecu. tor, and injurious.

1 Timotby. 7. Object to which any thing is directed. See better, Lear, and let me still remain

Even that blasphemer himself would inwardly The true blank of thine eye. Sbakspeare.

reverence his reprover, as he in his heart really

despises him for his cowardly base silence. Southa To BLANK. v. a. [from blank; blanchir, Deny the curst blasphemer's tongue to rage, French.]

And turn God's fury from an impious age: 1. To damp; to confuse ; to dispirit.

Ticket. Each opposite, that blanks the face of joy, Should each blasphemer quite escape the rod, Meet what I would have well, and it destrov.

Because the insult's not to man, but God? Pepe

Shakspeare. BLASPHEMOUS. adj. [from blaspheme. Dagon must stoop, and shall ere long receive Such a discomfit, as shall quite despoil him

It is usually spoken with the accent on Of all these boasted trophies won on me,

the first syllable, but used by Milion And with confusion blank his worshippers. Milt.

with it on the second.] Impiously ir. If the atheist, when he dics, should find that reverent with regard to God.

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Oman, take heed how thou the gods dost move, Oh! Portius, is there not some chosen curse,
To cause full wrath, which thou canst not resist;

Some hidden thunder in the store of heaven,
Blasphemous words the speaker vain do prove. Red with uncommon wrath, to blast the man

Sidney. Who owes his greatness to his country's ruin? And dar'st thou to the Son of God propound

iddiaon.
To worship thee accurst ; now more accurst 2. To make to wither.
For this attempt, bolder than that on Eve,

Upon this blasted heath you stop our way.
And more blasphemous ?
Milton.

Shakspeare. A man can hardly pass the streets, without And behold seven thin ears, and blufsted with having his ears grated with horrid and blasphe- the east wind, sprung up after them. Genesis. mous oaths and curses.

Tillotson. She, that like lightning shin'd while her face That any thing that wears the name of a

lasted, christian, or but of man, should venture to own The oak now resembles, which lightning had, such a villainous, impudent, and blasphemous as

blasted.

Waller. sertion in the face of the world, as this! South. To his green years your censures you would suit, BLA'S PHEMOUSLY.adv.(from blaspheme.] Not blasi that blossom, but expect the fruit. Dryd. Impiously; with wicked irreverence.

Agony unmix’d, incessant gall Where is the right use of his reason, while he

Corroding every thought, and plasting all would blasphemously set up to controul the com

Love's paradise.

Tbomson, mands of the Almighty?

Swift. 3. To injure; to invalidate; to make inBLASPHEMY. n. s. (from blaspheme.]

famous. Blasphemy, strictly and properly; is an offering He shews himself weak, if he will take my of some indignity, or injury, unto God himself,

word when he thinks I deserve no credit; or either by words or writing

Ayliffe. malicious, if he knows I deserve credit, and yet But that my heart's on future mischief set, goes about to blast it.

Stillingfleet. I would speak' blasphemy, ere bid you fly; 4. To cut off; to hinder from coming to But Hly you must:

Sbakspeare, maturity. Intrinsick goodness consists in accordance, and This commerce Jehoshaphat king of Judea sin in contrariety, to the secret will of God; or endeavoured to renew; but his enterprize was else God could not be defined good, so far as his blasted by the destruction of vessels in the harthoughts and secrets, but only superficially good, bour.

Arbutbrot. as far as he is pleased to reveal himself, which is

5: To confound; to strike with terrour. perfect blaspbemy to imagine,

Hammond.

Trumpeters,
BLAST. n. s. (from blæst, Sax. blasen, With brazen din blast you the city's ears;
Germ. to blow.)

Make mingle with your rattling tabourines. 1. A gust or puff of wind.

Sbakspeare. They that stand high have many blasts to shake Bla'sTMENT. 1. s. [from blast.] Blast ;

sudden stroke of infection. Not in use. And, if they fall, they dash themselves to pieces. In the morn, and liquid dew of youth,

Sbakspeare. Contagious blastments are most imminent.
Welcome, then,

Sbakspeare,
Thou unsubstantial air, that I embrace; BLA'TANT. adj. [blattant. Fr.] Bellowing
The wretch that thou hast blown unto the worst
Owes nothing to thy blasts.

as a calf.

Sbakspéare.
Perhaps thy fortune doth controul the winds,

You learn this language from the blatant
Doth loose or bind their blasts in secret cave.

beast.

Dryden. Fairfax.

To BLA'TTER. v. n. (from blatero, Lat.] Three ships were hurry'd by the southern blast, To roar; to make a senseless noise. Not And on the secret shelves with fury cast. Dryd. used. 2. The sound made by blowing any in- She rode at peace, through his only pains and strument of wind musick.

excellent endurance, however envy list to blatter In peace there's nothing so becomes a man,

against him.

Spenser:
As modest stillness and humility;

BLATTER A'TION. n. s. [blateratio, Lat.]
But when the blast of war blows in our ears, Noise ; senseless roar.
Then imitate the action of the tyger. Shakspeare. BLAY. n. s. [alburnus.] A small white

He blew his trumpet-the angelick blast
Fill'd all the regions.

river fish ; called also a bleak.

Milton.
The Veline fountains, and sulphureous Nar,

BLAZE. 1. s. (blarz, a torch, Saxon.]
Shake at the baleful blast, the signal of the war. 1. A fame; the light of the flame : blaze

Dryden. implies more the light than the heat. Whether there be two different goddesses call- - The main blaze ot it is past; but a small ed Fame, or one goddess sounding two different thing would make it flame again. Sbakspearea trumpets, it is certain villainy has as good a title Thy throne is darkness in th' abyss of light, to a blast from the proper trumpet, as virtue has A blaze of glory that forbids the sight. Dryden. from the former.

Swift. What groans of men shall till the martial field ! 3. The stroke of a malignant planet; the

How tierce a blaze his flaming pile shall yield! infection of any thing pestilential. (from

What fun'ral pomp shall Hoating Tiber see!Droda the verb To blast.]

2. Publication ; wide diffusion of report.By the blast of God they perish.

For what is glory but the blaze of fame, To BLAST. v. a. (from the noun.]

The people's praise, if always praise unmixt?

Miltori, 1. To strike with some sudden plague or calamity.

3. Blaze is a white mark upon a horse, You nimble lightnings, dart your blinding

descending from the forehead almost to flames

the nose.

Farrier's Dict. Into her scornful eyes! infect her beauty,

To BLAZE. V. 1. [from the noun.]
You fensuck'd fogs, drawn by the powerful sun,
To fall and blast her pride.

1. To flame; to show the light of a flame. Sbakspears. Thus you may long live an happy instruinent

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for your king and country ; you shall not be a Proceed unto beasts that are given in arms, meteor, or a blazing star, hat stella fixa; happy and teach me what I ought to observe in their here, and more happy hereafter. Bacon. blazon.

Peacbar. The third fair morn now blazd upon the main, 2. Show; divulgation ; publication. Then glossy smooth lay all the liquid plain. Pope. But this eternal blacon must not be 2. To be conspicuous.

To ears of flesh and blood. Sbakspeare. TO BLAZE. V. &.

3. Celebration; proclamation of some qua1. To publish; to make known; to spread lity. far and wide.

I am a gentleman.-I 'll be sworn thou art ; The noise of this fight, and issue thereof, be- Thy tongue, thy face, thy limbs, action, and ing blazed by the country people to some noble

spirit, men thereabouts, they came thither. Sidney.

Do give thee five-fold blazon. Shakspeare. My words, in hopes to blaze a stedfast mind, Men con over their pedigrees, and obtrude This marble chose, as of like temper known.

the blazon of their exploits upon the company. Sidney.

Collist,
Thou shalt líve, till we can find a time BLA'ZONRY. no s. [from blazen.] The art
To blaze your marriage, reconcile your friends, of blazoning?
Beg pardon of thy prince, and call thee back. Give certain rules as to the principles of bls.

Shakspeare.
zonry.

Peacham en Drawing.
When beggars die, there are no comets seen; TO BLEACH. v. a. [bleechen, Germ.] To
The heav'ns themselves blaze forth the death of
princes.

Sbakspeare.

whiten ; commonly to whiten by exBut he went out, and began to publish it inuch, posure to the open air. and to blaze abroad the

Mark.

When turtles tread, and rooks, and daws; Such musick worthiest were to blaze

And maidens bleach their summer smocks. Sbal. The pecrless height of her immortal praise,

Should I not seek Whose lustre leads us.

Milton.

The clemency of some more temp’rate clime, Far beyond

To purge my gloom ; and, by the sun refin'd, The sons of Anak, famous now and blaz'd,

Bask in his beams, and bleach me in the wind ? Fearless of danger, like a petty god

Dryder. I walk'd about.

Milton. TO BLEACH. v. n. To grow white; to Whose follies, blaz'd about, to all are known, grow white in the open air. And are a secret to himself alone. Granville. The white sheet bleaching in the open field. But, mortals, know, 't is still our greatest pride

Shakspeare. To blaze those virtues which the good would hide. For there are various penances enjoin'd;

Pope. And some are hung to bleach upon the wind, 2. To blazon ; to give an account of en- Some plung'd in waters.

Drodea. signs armorial in proper terms. Not

The deadly winter seizes; shuts up sense; used.

Lays him along the snows, a stiffen'd corse, This, in ancient times, was called a fierce;

Stretch'd out, and bleaching in the northern blast.

T bousek , and you should then have blazed it thus: hé bears a fierce, sable, between two fierces, or.

BLEAK. adj. [blac, blæc, Saxon.]
Pacbam.

I. Pale.
BLAʼZER. n. s. [from blaze.] One that 2. Cold; chill; cheerless.
spreads reports.

Intreat the north Utterers of secrets he from thence debarr'd,

To make his bleak winds kiss my parched lips, Babblers of folly, and blazers of crime;

And comfort me with cold. Sbakspeare. His larum-bell might loud and wide be heard,

The goddess that in rural shrine

Dwell'st here with Pan, or Svivan, by blest song
When cause requir'd, but never out of time;
Early and late it rung, at evening and at pume.

Forbidding every bleak unkindly fog
Spenser.

To touch the prosperous growth of this tall

wood. TO BLA'zon. v. a. [blasonner, Fr.]

Mutan.

Her desolation presents us with nothing but 1. To explain, in proper terms, the figures bleak and barren prospects.

Addison, on ensigns armorial.

Say, will ye bless the bleak Atlantick shere, King Edward gave to them the coat of arms, Or bid the furious Gaul be rude no more! Peft. which i am not herald enough to blazon into BLEAX. n. s. Colburnus, from his white or English..

Addison.

bleak colour.) A small river fish. 2. To deck; to embellish ; to adorn.

The bleak, or freshwater sprat, is ever in moShe blazons in dread smiles her hideous form;

tion, and therefore called by some the river So lightning gilds the unrelenting storm. Gartb.

swallow. His back is of a pleasant, sad sea 3. To display ; to set to show.

water green; his belly white and shining like O thou goddess,

the mountain snow. Bleaks are excellent meat, Thou divine nature ! how thyself thou blazon'st and in best season in August.

Walton. In these two princely boys! they are as gentle BLE'A KNESS. n. s. [from bleak.] Cold. As zephyrs blowing below the violet, Not wagging his sweet head. Sbakspeare.

ness ; chilness.

The inhabitants of Nova Zembla go naked, 4. To celebrate ; to set out.

without complaining of the bleakness of the air; One that excels the quirk of blazoning pens, as the armies of the northern nations keep the And, in th' essential vesture of creation,

field all winter.

Addisex. Does bear all excellency. Sbakspeare. BLE'Aky. adj. [from bleak.) Bleak; cold, s. To blaze about ; to make publick.' chill.

What's this butt libelling against the senate, On shrubs they browze, and, on the blesky top And blazoning our injustice every where? $bak. Of rugged hills, the thorny branıble crop. Dryd. BLA'ZON. n. s. [from the verb.]

BLEAR. adj. [blaer, a blister, Dutch.) 1. The art of drawing or explaining coats 1. Dim with rheum or water; sore with of arms,

rheum.

eyes.

2. Dim; obscure in general, or that which BLAT:.} adscotland, and the bordering

It is a tradition that bleär eyes affect sound 4. To drop, as blood. It is applied to any

Bacon.

thing that drops from some body on in. It is no more in the power of calumny to blast

cision, as blood from an animal. the dignity of an honest man, than of the blear

For me the balm shall bleed, and amber flow, eyed owl io cast scandal on the sun. L'Estrange.

The coral redden, and the ruby glow.

Pope. His blear eyes ran in gutters to his chin; His beard was stubble, and his cheeks were

TO BLEED. v. a. To let blood ; to take thin.

Dryden.

blood from. When thou shalt see the bleereyed fathers teach That, from a patriot of distinguish'd note, Their sons this harsh and mouldy sort of speech.

Have bled and purg'd me to a simple vote. Pope. Dryden. BLEIT.

adj. Bashful

It is used in makes dimness.

counties. Thus I hurl

TO BLE'MISH. v.a. (from blame, Junius; My dazzling spells into the spongy air, Of power to cheat the eye with blear illusion,

from bleme, white, Fr. Skinner.] And give it false presentments. Milton.

1. To mark with any deformity. TO BLEAR. via. [from the adjective.] Likelier that my outward face might have 1. To make the eyes watery, or sore with

been disguised, than that the face of so excellent rheum.

a mind could have been thus blemisbed. Sidney. All tongues speak of him, and the bleared sights

2. To defame; to tarnish, with respect to Are spectacled to see him. Sbakspeare.

reputation. The Dardanian wives,

Not that my verse would blemish all the fair ; With bleared visages, come forth to view

But yet, if some be bad, 't is wisdom to beware. The issue of th' exploit. Sbakspeare.

Dryden. When I was young, I, like a lazy fool,

Those, who, by concerted defamations, enWould blear my eyes with oil to stay from school;

deavour to blemisl his character, incur the comAverse to pains.

Dryden.

plicated guilt of slander and perjury. Addison, 2. To dim the eyes.

BLE'MISH. 1. s. [from the verb.] This may stand for a pretty superficial argy- I. A mark of deformity; a scar; a dimi. ment, to blear our eyes, and lull us asleep in nution of beauty. security.

Raleigh. As he hath caused a blemisb in a man, so shall BLE'AREDNESS.n. s. [from bleared.] The it be done to him again.

Leviticus. state of being bleared, or dimmed with

-that rheum.

not that ; for, in so doing, you will leave a rea

Wisemen. The defuxion falling upon the edges of the

mediless blemish. eyelids, makes a blearedness. Wiseman. 2. Reproach ; disgrace; imputation. To BLEAT. V. n. [blætan, Sax.] To cry

That you have been earnest, should be no blemish or discredit at all unto you.

Hooker. as a sheep.

And if we shall neglect to propagate these We were as twinn'd lambs, that did frisk i'th'

blessed dispositions, what others can undertake sun, And bleat the one at th' other. Shaksbeare.

it, without some blemish to us, some reflection on our negligence ?

Spratt. You may as well use question with the wolf, Why he hath made the ewe bleat for the lamb.

None more industriously publish the blemishes Merchant of Venice.

of an extraordinary reputation, than such as lie While on sweet grass herbleating charge does lie,

open to the same censures; raising applause to Our happy lover feeds upon her eye. Roscommon,

themselves, for resembling a person of an exalted What buil dares bellow, or what sheep dares

reputation, though in the blameable parts of his character.

Addison. bleat, Within the lion's den?

Dryden. 3. A soil ; turpitude ; taint ; deformity. BLE AT. N. s. [from the verb.] The cry

First shall virtue be vice, and beauty be

counted a blemish, of a sheep or lamb.

Ere that I leave with song of praise her praise Setin my ship, mine ear reach'd,where we rode,

to solemnize.

Sidney. The bellowing of oxen, and the bleat

Live thou, and to thy mother dead attest, Of fleecy sheep.

Chapman. That clear she died from blemish criminal. BLEB. n. s. [blaen, to swell, Germ.) A

Fairy Queen, blister.

Skinner. Is conformity with Rome a blemish unto the BLED. The preterit and participle of To church of England, and unto churches abroad bleed.

an ornament

Hooker.

Not a hair perish'd : TO BLEED. ~. n. pret. I bled ; I have bled.

On their sustaining garments not a blemish, [bledan, Saxon.]

But freslier than betore.

Sbakspeare. I. To lose blood ; to run with blood.

Evadne's husband ! 't is a fault
I bleed inwardly for my lord. Shakspeare.

To love, a blemish to my thought. Waller.
Bleed, bleed, poor country!

That your duty may no blemisb take, Great tyranny, lay thou thy basis sure;

I will myself your father's captive make. Dryden. For goodness dare not check thee! Shakspeare. Such a mirth as this is capable of making a

Many, upon the seeing of others bleed, or beauty, as well as a blemish, the subject of destrangled, or tortured, themselves are ready to rision.

Addison. faint, as if they bled,

Bacon. TO BLENCH. v. n. To shrink ; to start 2. To die a violent death.

back; to give way. Not used. The lamb thy riot dooms to bleed to-day;

I'll observe his looks; Had he thy reason, would he skip and play? I'll tent him to the quick; if he but blench, Pope. I know my course.

Sbakspeare. 3. To lose blood medicinally; as, be bled Patience herself, what goddess e'er she be, for a fever.

Dorh lesser blench at sutterance than I do. Sbakir' parts of it.

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Hold you ever to our special drift; 3. To consecrate by a prayer. 'Though sometimes you do blench from this to

He blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves. that,

Mattbew. As cause doth minister.

Shakspeare.

4. To praise ; to glorify for benefits reTO BLENCH. v.a. To hinder; to obstruct.

ceived ; to celebrate. Not used.

Unto us there is one only guide of all agents The rebels besieged them, winning the even

natural, and he both the creator and worker of ground on the top, by carrying up great trusses

all in all, alone to be blessed, adored, and hoof hay before them, to blench the defendants

noured by all for ever.

Hooker. sight, and dead their shot.

Carew.

But bless'd be that great pow'r that hath us To BLEND. v. a. pret. I blended ; an

bless'd ciently, blent. [blendan, Saxon.]

With longer life than earth and heav'n can have, 1. To mingle together.

Davies. "T' is beauty truly blent, whose red and white 5. It seems, in one place of Spenser, to Nature's own sweet and cunning hand laid on. signify the same as to wave; to bran.

Sbakspeare.

dish; to flourish. This signification is The mistion taught by the ancients is too slight

taken from an old rite of our Rornish or gross; for bodies mixed according to their hypothesis, would not appear such to the acute ancestors, who, blessing a field, directed eyes of a lynx, who would discern the elements, their hands in quick succession to all if they were no otherwise mingled than but blended but not united.

Boyle. Whom when the prince to battle new addrest, He had his calmer influence, and his mien And threat’ning high his dreadful stroke did see, Did love and majesty together blend. Dryden. His sparkling blade about his head he blest,

The grave, where even the great find rest, And smote off quite his right leg by the knee. And blended lie th' oppressor and th' oppress'd.

Fairy Queen, Pape. BLE'sse D. particip. adj. (from To bless.] 2. To confound.

1. Happy ; enjoying felicity. The moon should wander from her beaten

Blessed are the barren,

Loke, way, the times and seasons of the year blend

2. Holy and happy; happy in the favour theniselves by disordered and confused mixture.

Hooker.

of God.

All generations shall call me blessed. Lałe. 3. To pollute; to spoil ; to corrupt. This signification was anciently much in use,

3. Happy in the joys of heaven.

Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord, but is now wholly obsolete.

Revelations. Which when he saw, he burnt with jealous BLESSED Thistle. [cnicus, Lat.) A plant.

fire; The eye of reason was with rage yblent. Fairy Q. BLESSEDLY. adv. [from blessed.] Hap

Regard of worldly muck doth foully blend, pily. And low abase the high heroic spirit. Fairy Queen.

This accident of Clitophon's taking, had so The whilst thy kingdom from thy head is rent, blessedly procured their meeting. Sidney. And thy throne royal with dishonour blent. BLE'SSE DNESS. n. s. [from blessed.]

Spenser. 1. Happiness ; felicity. BLE'NDER. », s. [from To blend.] The Many times have I, leaning to yonder palm, person that mingles.

admired the blessedness of it, that it could bear BLENT. The obsolete participle of blend.

love without the sense of pain. Sidacy, To BLESS. v. a. preterit and participle,

His overthrow heap'd happiness upon him;

For then, and not till then, he felt himself, blessed or blest. [blerrian, Saxon.] And found the blessedness of being little. Sbats, 1. To make happy ; to prosper ; to make 2. Sanctity. successful.

Earthlier happy is the rose distillid, The quality of mercy is not strain’d;

Than that, which, withering on the virgin thorn, It droppeth as the gentle rain of heaven

Grows, lives, and dies, in single blessedness. Sbakhe Upon the place beneath. It is twice bless'd;

3. Heavenly felicity. It blesseth him that gives, and him that takes. It is such an one, as, being begun in grace, passes

Sbakspeare. into glory, blessedness, and immortality. Jouts. Had I but died an hour before this chance,

4. Divine favour. I had liv'd a blessed time: for, from this instant, There's nothing serious in mortality. Shaksp. Bųe'ssER. n. s. [from bless.] He that This kingdom enjoyed the greatest calm, and

blesses, or gives a blessing; he that makes the fullest measure of felicity, that any people, any thing prosper. in any age, for so long time together, have been When thou receivest praise, take it indifblessed with.

Clarendon. ferently, and return it to God, the giver of the Happy this isle, with such a hero blest ; gift, or blesser of the action.

Taylor What virtue dwells not in his loyal breast ? BLESSING. n. s. [from bless.]

Waller. In vain with folding arms the youth assay'd

1. Benediction ; a prayer by which hapTo stop her flight, and strain the flying shade;

piness is implored for any one. But she retura'd no more to bless his longing

2. A declaration by which happiness is proeyes.

Dryden.

mised in a prophetick and authoritative O hospitable Jove! we thus invoke,

manner. Bless to both nations this auspicious hour. Dryd, The person that is called, kneeleth down bę. 2. To wish happiness to another; to pro- fore the chair, and the father layeth his hand nounce a blessing upon him.

upon his head, or her head, and giveth the And this is the blessing wherewith Moses the

blessing

Baces. man of God blessed the children of Israel, before 3. Any of the means of happiness; a gift ; his death,

Deuteronomy. an advantage; a benefit.

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