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a household slave
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(ˈɛz ni, -nɛ)

(in Anglo-Saxon England) a member of the lowest class; laborer.
[before 950; < Old English; c. Old High German asni, Goth asneis day laborer, harvester, akin to asans harvest]
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Ru1: esne nawiht ealle pa scylde ic forlet pe foroon de pu bede me
Hwilum mec on cofan cyssed mupe tillic esne, paer wit tu beop, faedme on folm[ .....
1972), in his article "A Wry Look at Palindromic Verse: two lengthy, long-lined poems, "Esne's Nonsense" (p.
Donne on done die daer Esne done weg fordealf donon of dune on daes
St Osburg's pupils (from left) Esne Parsons, Aron Boateng, Emily Hollingsworth, Erfan Zafarini and Rose Oxley with head teacher Tracey McGeever.
This lot includes both morphologically simple lexical categories such as beorn, carl, haele, maga, waepned, esne, as well as a substantial number of morphologically complex categories, such as waepnedmann, woruldman, carlmann, folcagende, folcbearn, folcwer, freomann, gum mann, gumrinc and others.
One of these is a 12-line, ABAB-rhymed poem "Esne's Nonsense," and the other is a 14-line Shakespearean sonnet (!) entitled "Dames Pale Lapse Mad." The third example is a five-page, ABAB-pattern rhyme-a-thon entitled "'Demi Ran, Nan,' Anna Rimed" which was granted space in the November 2004 Word Ways.