They deposited the supposed corpse on the bier
. Edmond stiffened himself in order to play the part of a dead man, and then the party, lighted by the man with the torch, who went first, ascended the stairs.
The body, decked in rich robes and sparkling with jewels, was laid upon an open bier
, and the procession started, taking its way to a high mountain at some distance from the city, the wretched husband, clothed from head to foot in a black mantle, following mournfully.
At the funeral the Woman stood at the head of the bier
, holding a lighted crimson candle till it was wasted entirely away.
Six of the number were carrying a bier
covered with a great variety of flowers and branches, on seeing which one of the goatherds said, "Those who come there are the bearers of Chrysostom's body, and the foot of that mountain is the place where he ordered them to bury him." They therefore made haste to reach the spot, and did so by the time those who came had laid the bier
upon the ground, and four of them with sharp pickaxes were digging a grave by the side of a hard rock.
Before this altar was placed a bier
, and on each side of this bier
kneeled three priests, who told their beads, and muttered their prayers, with the greatest signs of external devotion.
on yon drear and rigid bier
low lies thy love, Lenore!
When the minister had finished his eulogy with prayer a hymn was sung and the pall-bearers took their places beside the bier
. As the last notes of the hymn died away the widow ran to the coffin, cast herself upon it and sobbed hysterically.
But when they set the bier
down on the threshold, they looked at one another, and at me, and whispered.
The Achaeans to their great joy then drew Patroclus out of reach of the weapons, and laid him on a litter: his comrades stood mourning round him, and among them fleet Achilles who wept bitterly as he saw his true comrade lying dead upon his bier
. He had sent him out with horses and chariots into battle, but his return he was not to welcome.
Hast thou ever helped carry a bier
, and heard the coffin knock against the churchyard gate, going in?
To be as much out of observation as possible for reasons of her own, and to escape the gallantries of the young men, she set out before the chiming began, and took a back seat under the gallery, close to the lumber, where only old men and women came, and where the bier
stood on end among the churchyard tools.
I should plunge a good dagger into his throat in compensation for the grating, and would nail him down in a veritable bier
, in remembrance of the false coffin in which I had been left to grow moldy for two days."