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e'en 1

 (ēn)
n.
Evening.

e'en 2

 (ēn)
adv.
Even.

e'en

(iːn)
adv, n
a contraction of even2, evening

e'en

(in)

adv. Chiefly Literary.
even.
[1250–1300; Middle English]
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Adv.1.e'en - even
References in classic literature ?
"One moment more," laughed Robin, "we must e'en change garments for the nonce.
Then the butchers saw that they must meet craft with craft; and they said to him, "Come, brother butcher, if you would sell meat with us, you must e'en join our guild and stand by the rules of our trade."
An you cannot find a buyer for your herd at this just figure, I will e'en buy them myself."
I would e'en take it for sublime, did I not know that the colic is a noisy malady.
GUARD Well, it must out; the corpse is buried; someone E'en now besprinkled it with thirsty dust, Performed the proper ritual--and was gone.
canst thou not see That e'en this question irks me?
However, let us e'en venture to slide down together; for Miss Bridget rings her bell, and Mr Allworthy is summoned to breakfast, where I must attend, and, if you please, shall be glad of your company.
The room is e'en clear o' Sir Paitrick, and the leddy's alane, and waitin' for ye."
ye may e'en ring yer heart out--but ye won't part a Scotchman from his glass.
My passions, from that hapless hour, Usurp'd a tyranny which men Have deem'd, since I have reach'd to power; My innate nature - be it so: But, father, there liv'd one who, then, Then - in my boyhood - when their fire Burn'd with a still intenser glow,(For passion must, with youth, expire) E'en then who knew this iron heart In woman's weakness had a part.
"Nay," quoth he again, after a time, "this matter must e'en be looked into." So, quitting the highroad, he also entered the thickets, and began spying around after stout Arthur a Bland.
You know he is like the schoolmaster in Goldsmith's "Deserted Village"--"e'en though vanquished, he would argue still." He and mother went to look at some seventeen families (they had got the addresses somewhere), while I retired to my sofa, and would have nothing to do with it.