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a. & v. t.1.See Profane.
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Sneerers and prophane wits may perhaps laugh at her first fright; yet my graver reader, when he considers the time of night, the summons from her bed, and the situation in which she found her master, will highly justify and applaud her conduct, unless the prudence which must be supposed to attend maidens at that period of life at which Mrs Deborah had arrived, should a little lessen his admiration.
Let still the States which flourish for the time, By subjects be inviolable thought, And those (no doubt) commit a monstrous crime, Who lawfull Soveraignty prophane in ought: And we must thinke (though now thus brought to bow) The Senate King; a subject Caesar is; The Soveraignty whom violating now, The world must damne, as having done amisse.
It is intriguing, therefore, to note the following by-name, possibly a nickname for a notorious trickster, from 1658: 'John Fun, otherwise Funn John of Bingley, labourer, convicted of one prophane oath'.
Abstraction simply makes people distracted; thus it is important to "Avoid prophane and vain babbling, and oppositions of science falsly so called' (Philosophical Works 26), as Bacon quotes the precept of St.
distild out of ballets or borrowed of Theologicall poets, which for their calling and gravitie, being loth to have anie prophane pamphlets passe under their hand, get some other Batillus to set his name to their verses.
The main danger of 'publique assemblies in prophane plaies' is the presence of 'so manie inticements vnto loosenes, & so manie meanes to traine you to unthriftines there', (23) particularly the possibility of married women being lured into adulterous assignations--an area Prynne explores in exhaustive and exhausting detail.
when [mother earth] is delivered of us, our grave opened for another, wee are not transplanted, but transported, our dust blowne away with prophane dust, with every wind" (93).
Eliade, Mircea (1987), The Sacred and the Prophane.
Illustrative of an early "obscenity" law but with an ostensibly religious focus was Massachusetts's act "Against Immorality, Intemperance and Profaneness, and for Reformation of Manners," which criminalized publication of "any filthy, obscene, or prophane song, pamphlet, libel or mock-sermon [in] mimicking of preaching, or any other part of divine worship.
24 that servants should provide a "godly example" to "their prophane Maisters.
She finally develops this vision by the second part, desiring for women "the Glory of Reforming this Prophane and Profligate Age" and the "carrying [of] a large Train of Followers with us to the Court of Heaven" (Astell 150, 151).
Echoing Poliziano, whose Manto cautions that "no prophane persons invade the sacred precincts" [Ad haec nulli permmpant sacra projani] of Virgil's poetry, Chapman instructs his readers to "[w]ash here," at the cleansing font of his prefatory verses, "[l]est with foule hands you touch these Holy Rites" before completing the initiation necessary to enter the "Porch to [Homer's] numerous Phane" and to "[h]eare ancient Oracles speake" through his poetry (Nicoll 1998a, 7; Poliziano 2004, 28-29).