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An' yit she gin her cheerl a jerk
Ez though she wished him furder, An' on her apples kep' to work,
Parin' away like murder.
“You want to see my Pa, I s'pose?” “ Wal.
I come dasignin' " To see my Ma ? she's sprinklin' clo'es
Agin to-morrer's i'nin." 3
To say why gals 4 acts so or so,
Or don't, 'ould be presumin’;
Comes nateral to women.
He stood a spell on one foot fust,
Then stood a spell on t'other,
He couldn't ha' told ye nuther.
Says he, “I'd better call agin;"
Says she, “Think likely, Mister :"
An'... Wal, he up an' kist her.
1 cheer=chair: the colloquial 4 gals=girls. form represents the old English 5 Mebby=may be, perhaps. pronunciation.
6 fust, an authorized old furni 2 furder (for further) has the of first. high authority of Lord Bacon. 7 wust= worst. 8 ini'n'= ironing.
When Ma bimebyl upon 'em slips,
Huldy sot pale ez ashes,
An' teary roun' the lashes.2
For she was jes' the quiet kind
Whose naturs never vary,
Snow-hid in Jenooary.3
The blood clost 4 roun' her heart felt glued
Too tight for all expressin',
An' gin 'em both her blessin'.
Then her red come back like the tide
Down to the Bay o' Fundy,5
In meetin' come nex' Sunday.?
| bimeby= by and by.
5 like the tide ... Fundy. What 2 All kin' ... lashes. What a fact gives force to the comparison ? deft touch!
6 was cried. To be cried is to 3 Like streams . . . Jenooary. have the bans of marriage anPoint out the telling metaphor in- nounced in church. corporated in this vivid simile. come next Sunday: that is, 4 clost=close.
the following Sunday.
abet, 0. Fr. abetter, to instigate : to en-, armistice, Fr. armistice, from Lat. courage by aid and countenance.
arma, arms, and stare, to stand still: abrupt, Lat. ab, off, and rumpere, to suspension of hostilities by agreebreak : hasty, blunt.
ment; a truce. absurd, Lat. absurdus, from ab, from, arrival, Lat. ad, to, and ripa, the
and surdus, deaf, lit. proceeding from shore: the act of reaching a place. one that is deaf: hence, opposed to audible, Lat. audire, to hear: that manifest truth.
may be heard. abundance, Lat. abundantia, ab and audience, Lat. audientia, a hearing,
unda, a wave; lit., an overflow: an from audire, to hear: the act of hear
overflowing fullness, plenteousness. ing; admittance to a hearing. ado, A.-S. a, to, and do: bustle, trouble. author, Lat. auctor, from augere, to agent, Lat. agere, to act: one acting increase, to produce : the composer for another.
of a book. Albion, an ancient or poetical name of aversion, Lat. a, from, and vertere, to England. The
“Albion” is turn : disinclination. derived from Lat. albus, white, on avert, Lat. a, from, and vertere, to turn : account of the appearance of Eng- to turn aside.
land's chalky cliffs. ambition, Lat. ambitio, from amb, barbarian, Lat. barbarus, Gr. barbaros,
around, and ire, to go, a going around, foreign : an uncivilized person. especially of candidates in Rome to bass, Fr. basse, deep, low: deep or solicit votes, and hence, primarily,
grave in sound. desire for office : an eager desire for bay, v., Fr. aboyer, to bark : to bark at. honor, superiority, or power.
beam, A.-S. beam, a beam : a shaft os ambitious. See ambition.
rays. annihilation, Lat. ad, to, and nihil, benevolence, Lat. bene, well, and
nothing: the being reduced to noth- volere, to wish : good-will, charitableing.
ness. anon, A.-S. an = in, and on=one, that betwixt, A.-S. betwixt, from be, by, is, in one minute : soon.
and twiy, two : between.
boon, Lat. bonus, gond, lit. that which clan, Gaelic clann, offspring, descend
is asked as a benefit: a gift, a grant. ants : a tribe of families. bridegroom, A.-S. brydguma, a man clarion, mediæval Lat. clario, from Lat.
newly married or about to be married. clarus, clear, from its shrill sound: a buffoon, Fr. bouffon, from bouffer, to puff kind of trumpet whose note is clear
out, because the buffoons puffed out and shrill.
their cheeks : a mountebank, clown. clerk, Lat. clericus, priest: a parish buttress, Fr. bouter, to push, to butt: officer in the Church of England.
a projecting support to the exterior clown, Lat. colonus, a husbandman. It of a wall.
first came to mean a rustic, and after
wards a buffoon. calendar, Lat. calendarium, an ac-coffer, Fr. coffre, from Lat. cophinus,
count-book : an arrangement of the Gr. kophinos, a basket, a chest : treasdivisions of time.
ury or funds. candid, Lat. candidus, from candere, coherent, Lat. co for con, with, and
to be of a glowing white : fair, just, hærere, to stick : cleaving together, impartial.
and hence, connected by some relation cavalier, Fr. cavalier, a horseman, of order.
from Lat. caballus, a horse: a knight, collection, Lat. con, together, and a gallant gentleman.
legere, to gather.. century, Lat. centum, a hundred : the commune, Lat. communicare, to comperiod of a hundred years.
municate : to converse together familchance, n., through Fr. chance, from iarly.
Lat. cadere, to fall: hence, what be- companion, Fr. compagnon, from mefalls, and so fate, fortune.
diæval Lat. companium, fellowship, chapel. See chaplain.
mess (com, together, panis, bread): an chaplain, Fr. chapelain, mediæval associate, a comrade.
Lat. capellanus, from capella, a hood, compeer, 0. Fr, from Lat. com, with, sacred vessel, chapel. It is said that and par, equal : an equal, an assothe kings of France, in war, carried ciate. into the field St. Martin's hat, which compensate, Lat. com (con), with, and was kept in a tent as a precious relic; pendere, pensum, to weigh : to balance, whence the place took the name ca to make equal return. pella, a little hat, and the priest who compensation. See compensate. had the custody of the tent was called congenial, Lat. congenialis, partaking capellanus, chaplain.
of the same nature : kindred, sympa. children, A.-S. cild, pl. cildru, cildra. thetic.
The word is a curious instance of a conjure, Lat. con, and jurare, to swear : double plural (=child + ra + en).
to entreat earnestly. choler, Gr. cholera, from chole, bile : consent, Lat. con, together, and sentire, wrath, anger.
to feel : sympathy, accord. Used by chorister, Fr choriste, a singer in a Milton in this its etymological sense.
choir, from Gr. choros, a choir. contract, Lat. contractus, from con and Christmas, from Christ, and mediæval trahere, to draw together : an agree
Lat. missa, mass : the festival of the ment, a covenant. Christian Church observed annually contradiction, Lat. contra, against, on December 25, in memory of the and dicere, to speak : an assertion of birth of Christ.
the contrary, denial.
coronet, Lat. corona, a crown : an in- edify, Lat. ædles, a building, and facere, ferior crown worn by noblemen.
to make : lit., to build up; derivacorrupt, ulj., Lat. con, and rumpere, to tively, to instruct. break : vitiated, depraved.
effigy, Lat. effigies, from e (=ex), and corselet, Fr. corselet, from 0. Fr. fingere, to shape out: the image or cors = corps, the body: a piece of
likeness of a person. armor to cover the front of the body. effluence, Lat. ex, from, and fluere, to cosmetic, Gr. kosmos, order, adorn flow: that which flows or issues from ment: that which beautifies.
any body or substance. covert, n., 0. Fr. corrir, to cover (cov- election, Lat. e, and legere, to choose : ert, covered): a place where animals the act of choosing a person to fill an hunted in the chase tind cover.
office. credit, Lat. credere, creditum, to be- elements, Lat, elementum, a first prin
lieve. Hence its derivative meanings. ciple: a constituent part. curfew, Fr, courrir, to cover, and ethereal (Lat. æther, from Gr. aithein, feu, tire: the bell-ringing at nightfall to burn or blaze): pertaining to the practiced in olden times as a signal to ether, or celestial region ; celestial. cover fires, extinguish lights, and re- event, Lat. e, out, and renire, to come : tire to rest.
an occurrence. cynosure, Lat. cynosura (Gr. kuno exact, V., Lat. exigere, to drive out, to
soura, lit. dog's tail), the ancient name demand : to require authoritatively. for the constellation of the Lesser exit, lit. he goes out (311 pers. sing. pres. Bear, or rather the stars composing indic. of Lat. v. exire, to go out): the the tail of it. To this group, as con departure of a player from the stage, taining the pole-star, the eyes of mar when he has performed his part. iners are directed; and hence the extort, Lat. ex, from, and torquere, to meaning of cynosure, as denoting any turn about, to twist : to wrest or object that strongly attracts attention. wring from, by force.
deliberation, Lat. (leliberare, to weigh, fain, adv., d.-S. fagen, glad : gladly.
from dle and libra, a balance : careful fanatic, Lat. fanaticus, inspired by diconsideration,
vinity, from janum, a fane or temple : different, Lat. dis (for dis), apart, and one who indulges wild and extrava
ferre, to bear , separate, distinct. gant religious notions. dispute, n., Lat. dis, apart, and putare, fealty, Lat. fidelitas, fidelity. In feudal
to think : a debate, an argument. times, fidelity to one's lord; uow, loydistant, Lat. dis, apart, and stare, to alty to a superior power. stand : remote.
feature, Lat. factura, a making, from document, Lat. documentum, from lo facere, to make : lit., form “make,”
cere, to teach : any thing furnishing or structure. proof or evidence.
fellow, A.-S. felaw, from fylgau, to dole, A.-S. dælan, to divide : to deal follow : a companion. out in small portions.
fetich, Portuguese feitiço, sorcery, dubious, Lat. dubius (from duo, two), charm, from Lat. factitius, made by
moving in two directions : doubtful art: a material thing, living or dead, as to the result.
which is made the object of superstidudgeon, Welsh dygen, anger, grudge: tious worship, as among certain Afridiscord.