Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Phrases like "how ye shal trace / the daunce which that you see" suggest a processional viewing, reinforced in the poem by Death's address to individuals in the painting--"Come forth maistress," "Come neer sir Sergeant"--followed by individual responses, which add imagined movement and a mimic aurality to the mute stationary painting.
Osc PSE spouse 1300-1597 c1200-1667 wif(e 1338-1687 c888-1637 gudewife 1375-1658 -- hussy c1420-a1598 -- lady c1470/80-1687 1205-1686 spousage 1513-1530 -- scho 15..-1631 -- spouses c1520 -- rib 1589/90-1627 -- maistress 1637-1683 -- TABLE 8: Microstructure of the lexical sub-dimension BANNS (1350-1700) Banns .to give public notice given in church of an intended marriage, in order that those who know of any impediment thereto may have opportunity of lodging objections, v.
A eux autrement avint et non en facon bestialle, ains estans les sens corporelz comme serfz endormis, pendant que les ames maistresses s'entrecherent et visitent au plus pres que leurs prisons permettent." O'Connor, 58-59, characterizes this episode as "neo-Platonic love in inaction" and emphasizes its disembodied nature, but this is a misreading: while spiritual ecstasy is clearly its principal focus, the text makes clear that this occurs alongside, and not instead of, sexual gratification.
And ye maistresses, in youre olde lyf, That lordes doghtres han in governaunce, Ne taketh of my wordes no displesaunce.
In fact, according to Montaigne, "inquietude" and "irresolution," the most self-absorbed of human qualities ("nos maistresses qualitez, et praedominantes"), are at the foundation of our desire to travel.
But this is not necessarily a universal approach, for some members of the group, deeply attached to their lady-friends (and therefore still bound to their old ways), were unable to get a totally clean start: "Toutesfois les ungs qui de nouveau avoient veu leurs maistresses souspiroient" (p.
Brantome, ever colourful in his descriptions, observes that in the French court 'L'amour a tousjours voulu regner icy dessus les Roys' and that Francis I was disdainful of any nobleman who neglected to take a mistress: 'J'ay ouy conter a aucuns qu'il voulait fort que les honnestes gentilhommes de sa cour ne fussent jamais sans des maistresses; et s'ils n'en faisoyent il les estimoit des fats et des sots' (Brantome, p.
In fact, according to Montaigne, "inquietude" and "irresolution," two of the most self-absorbed of human qualities ("nos maistresses qualitez, et praedominantes"), are at the foundation of our desire to travel.
At the moment of departure the male travelers were saddened by the anticipation of the absence of their maistresses, but they foresaw their return home and the loving encounter of their lovers and wives.