a.1.Without hire.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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The sonnet, modeled after the envelope quatrains of Bowles's sonnets, praises Erskine as a "hireless Priest before [the] injur'd shrine" of British Freedom, who, departing for "an happier land," pauses at the sound of "the stream divine / Of matchless eloquence." Coleridge wrote to Southey at the time of the original publication in the Morning Post that he felt the first sonnet was "a bad Specimen" (Letters 1.137).