An angel throng, bewinged
, bedight In veils, and drowned in tears, Sit in a theatre, to see A play of hopes and fears, While the orchestra breathes fitfully The music of the spheres.
At night, as the bewinged
gargoyles stare down from the roof as meteors flash by unnoticed, the graves in the church yard at All Saints are prowled by foxes and slinky domestic cats.
As pointed out by Laffut (2006: 23), exactly the same "transitivizing" prefix was found in older stages of English with verbs such as bedaub, besow, bespatter, and is still productive in the formation of adjectives such as bewinged
, bewired, etc.
dressed up as some bewinged
, alien creature of his own design" evolve into "the fledgling new man mothers wanted for their daughters and daughters wanted for themselves.