n. & v.1.See Sward, n. & v.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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For fere lest she shulde his shame crye And don hym openly a vilenye, And with his swerd hire tonge of kerveth he, And in a castel made hire for to be Ful pryvely in prisoun everemore, And kepte hire to his usage and his store, So that she myghte hym neveremore asterte.
(45) "And al above, depeynted in a tour, / Saugh I Conquest, sittynge in greet honour, / With the sharpe swerd over his heed / Hangynge by a soutil twynes threed." Geoffrey Chaucer, "The Knight's Tale," in The Riverside Chaucer, ed.
120 swerd of sorwe p[alpha]rced in the tyme ofhis paynful passyon.
'malice and rye'> 'yre' (19); 'and at hunder'> 'and a thunder' (23); 'but al this the' > 'but al this night the' (32); 'schin, & swerd' > 'schinand swerd' (87).
(69) Alternately, as Alexandra Johnston points out, this could be a very deliberate change 'by Henry's "spin doctors"', since 'emphasizing his arrival with an invading force and making the handing over of the "swerd of victorie" the climax changes the tone of the event' from an act of 'holy consecration' to a narrative of 'a conquering hero riding into a formerly hostile city surrounded by his now reconciled noblemen'.
Upon his thombe he hadde of gold a ryng, And by his syde a naked swerd hangyng; And up he rideth to the heighe bord In al the halle ne was ther spoken a word For merveille of this knyght; hym to biholde Ful bisily they wayten, yonge and olde (V: 76-88).
1501)--in which "wise be the people," "blith be thy churches," and the "swerd of justice ...
For as he was comming out of Egypte in to Persia, when he shulde mownt on horsbacke, his swerd felle out of the skaberd and sore wounded hym in suche wyse that he dyed of it.
For though Ierom for the trauaylis and dissesis, penaunces and afflictions, wordes and repreues and oper greuous pyngis whiche he suffred ioyfully for Crist and so beyng a verry martir hath not loost pe reward of martirdom, yeet for he endid not his liffe by the swerd he hath not the aureol pat is yeuen in token of martirdom.
The Squire's Tale often includes the extra break to little rhetorical or poetic effect, as with the line: "For he koude with it | bothe heele and dere / Right in swich wise I as men may | with the swerd" (V.
In the Purification play, as Symeon and Anna await the arrival of the holy family, Symeon muses to Anna: "Swych a sorwe bothe sharpe and smerte / [thorn]at as a swerd perce it xalle [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]even thorwe his moderys herte" (88-90).
a swerd and bokeler bar he by his side.' (40) A 'carl' was originally a peasant of low status, but by Chaucer's day the name was applied loosely to any man not of gentle rank, who might, nonetheless, be well to do, like the miller.