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Without it (sincerity) his pretensions were as vain,
I set hem so a-werke by my fay,
That many a night they songen wa la wa.
Chaucer. The Wif of Bathes Prologue, v. 5797.
Beg. These fifteene yeares, by my fay, a goodly nap.
But did I never speake of all that time.
P. Fletcher. Boethius, b. iii. Probably your thoughts have been all along anticipating a
Shakespeare. Taming of a Shrew, Ind. 2 consideration with which my mind is impressed more than Cæs. Thanks, Horace, for thy free, and wholesome sharpI can express, I mean the consideration of the favourable
FAY. See Fairy. ness of the present times to all exertions in the cause of Which pleaseth Cæsar more, than servile faunes.
And thou, Nymphidia, gentle fay,
Which meeting me upon the way,
These secrets didst to me bewray
Which now I am in telling.- Drayton. Nymphidia. that to be truly a British King is in fact to be the greatest
Our waking is warfare, our walking hath woe ;
They said that all the field
No other flowre did for that purpose yeeld;
Mirrour for Magistrates, p. 85.
But quoth a nimble say that by did stand:
If you could give 't the colour of yond hand.
Browne. Britannia's Pastorals, b. ii. s. 3. Each to the fac'rite happiness attends,
And offered faire guiftes t'allure her sight;
I thank the wise Silenus, for his prayse,
Stand forth, bright Faies, and Elves, and tune your layes
Spenser. Faerie Queene, b. iii. c. 8.
Unto his name: then let your nimble feet
Tread subtill circles, that may alwayes meet And, O, if ought thy Poet can preten
All the cittie besides was joious, the dictator [alone) gave In point to him.-B. Jonson. Oberon the Fairy Prince. Beyond his farrite wish to call thee friend,
no credit either to the bruit that was blased, or to the letters;
saying withall, that if it were true, yet he feared more the FEAGUE. Be it that here his tuneful toil has drest
Skinner says, Fease or feag, flaThe Muse of Fresnoy in a modern vest.
fawning than frowning of fortune.-Holland. Livirs, p. 447. gellare, virgis cædere, to whip, to beat with rods -Mason. To Sir Joshua Reynolds. A woman scorn'd, with ease I'll work to vengeance ;
from Teut. Fegen, to sweep, to cleanse; or from It has been remarked, that there is no Prince so bad, With humble, fawning, wise, obsequious arts,
ficken, to rub. Feige, carpere, obtrectare, also hose favourites and ministers are not worse. I'll rule the whirl and transport of her soul;
from Ger. Fegen. See Fag. Burke. A Vindication of Natural Society. Then, what her reason hates, her rage may act. It is this unnatural infusion of a system of favouritism
Smith. Phædra & Hippoli!us. And eke my feare is well the lasse,
That none enuie shall compasse, ito a govemment which in a great part of its constitution As he doth not affect any poor base ends, so he will not
Without a reasonable wite popular, that has raised the present ferment in the nation. defile his fair intentions by sordid means of compassing
To seige and blame that I write.-Gouer. To the Reder. Id. On the Present Discontents. them; such as are illusive simulations and subdolous artifices, and servile crouchings and fawnings, and the like.
When a knotty point comes I lay my head close to it, with FA'USEN. A very large fish of the eel kind.
Barrow, vol. i. Ser. 5.
a snuff-box in my hand; and then I feague it away i'faith. kioner says, “I know not whether from the Lat. He that fawningly enticed the soul to sin, will now as
Duke of Buckingham. The Rehearsal. als, (q.d.) falcinus, because in its length and tterly upbraid it for having sinned. --South, vol. ix. Ser. 1.
FEALTY. Fr. Feaulté; It. Fedeltá; Sp. equent bending it so far resembles a falx or
In Bishop Gardiner he supported the insolent dignity of a Fieldad; Lat. Fidelitas, fidelis, fides, faith. Fideles ooked cutter."
persecutor; and, compleatly a priest, shisted it in an inThus pluckt he from the shore his lance, and left the stant to the fawning insincerity of a slave, as soon as Henry homines, (as Skinner observes,) pro servis, occurs Faues to wash frowned.-Walpole. Anecdotes of Painting, vol. iv, c. 1. as early as Ælius Lampridius, in vitâ Alexandri
See The waue sprung entrailes, about which, fausens and other fish
also Du Cange.
Fidelity or faithfulness. See the quotation from hid.
Chapman. Homer. Iliad, b. xxi. “ Fr. Fan,-a fawn or hind-calf; the young Blackstone.
one of any such beast : as also, of an elephant.”
Whan thise Bretons tuo were fled out of this lond, I governed hem so wel after my lawe,
Ine toke his feaute of alle that lond helde. That eche of hem ful blisful was and fare
R. Brunne, p. 3. And many an hart, and many an hinde To bringen me gay thinges fro the feyre. Was both before me and behind,
For the Emperour vowed to the Pope not an oath of alChaucer. The Wif of Bathes Prologue, v. 582. Of fawnes. sowers, buckes, does
leageance and fealtye, but of defendinge the Christian fayth, Was full the wodde, and many roes.-Chaucer. Dreame. Minshew says, perhaps from
for as much as the taking of this oath maketh not greater Gr. puew, to speak, to say. SkinThe dow lacking her faune: the hind her calfe, braie no
dignitye in temporall thinges. longer time after their losse, but seeing their lacke to be
Bale. Pageant of Popes, fol. 135. ner,—from A. S. Fandian, to try; without remedy, they cease their sorow within short space. And whë he was comen to the citie of Reynes, thyder His Vir Rev. from Eng. Fuin,
Wilson. Arte of Rhetorique, p. 78.
came vnto hym many nobles, as well out of Burgoyne as glad; (Quia, sc. Blandientes Knowest thou the time when ye wylde goates brige their
out of other partyes of Fraūce & dyd ynto hym feauty & holent præ se ferre alacritatem.) And it is per- yonge amõg the stony rockes? or layest ya wayte when the
mage.-Fabyan, vol. i. c. 131. ips from the same source as fain, i. e. the A. s. hyndes vse to fawne.—Bible, 1551. Job, c. 39.
Henry deceasing, Maude the empresse his right heire (to Egn-ian, gaudere, lætari, to be glad, to rejoice, The cook, sir, is self-will'd, and will not learn
whom the prelates and nobles had sworne fealty in her fain. From my experience: there's a fawn brought in.
father's life time) was put by the crowne by the prelates and To show or manifest signs of pleasure, joy or
barons; who thought it basenesse for so many and great Massinger. A New Way to Pay Old Deòls, Act iii. sc. 2.
peers to be subject to a woman, and that they were freed of adness, of gratitude or fondness; and thus, to Then as a tyger, who by chance hath spi'd
their oath by her marrying out of the realine, without their andish, to cringe, to court or sue flatteringly. In some purlieu two gentle fawnes at play,
consents.-Prynne. Treachery and Disloyalty, &c. pt. i. p.35. rvilely; to sue for kindness, to subserve.
Straight couches close, then rising changes oft
In your Court
Suitors voluptuous swarm; with amorous wiles Whence rushing he might surest seize them both Ac dorst no beste byten hem, by daye ne by nyghte, Grip't in each paw. Milton. Paradise Lost, b. iv.
Studious to win your consort, and seduce
Her from chaste Jealty to joys impure,
In bridal pomp; vain efforts !
Fenton, Homer Imitated. Odyssey, b. ii.
There is a natural allegiance and feally due to this domi
Dryden. The Flower and the Leaf.neering paramount evil, (avarice.] from all the vassal vices, A whelp that fawned me as I stood That had yfolowed, and coud no good: So with her young, amid the woodland shades,
which acknowledge its superiority, and readily militate i eam and crept to me as lowe A timorous hind the lion's court invades,
under its banners; and it is under that discipline alone that Right as it had me yknow Leaves in that fatal lair the tender farons,
avarice is able to spread to any considerable extent, or to Held down his heed, and ioyned his eares Climbs the green cliff, or feeds the flowery lawns.
render itself a general publick inischief. And laid all smothe downe his heeres.-Chaucer. Dreame.
Pope. Homer. Odyssey, b. iv.
Burke. On the Nabob of Arcot's Debts. There is no good for to be done, The Nymphs, that o'er the mountain's brow
The condition annexed to them (fees or fiefs) was that the Pursue the lightly-bounding roe, whilste we are lyuyng here :
possessor should do service faithfully, both at home and in Encepte
Or chase the flying fawn.-Fawkes. Ode to Summer. The wars, to him by whoin they were given; for which pur. we lye. fawne, Maiter, face.
pose he took the juramentum fidelitatis, or oath of fealty. cap, kneele, ducke, crouche, smile, flere. FAXED. A.S. Fear, the hair of the head; a
Blackstone. Commentaries, b. ii. c. 4. Drant. Horace, b. i. Sat. 9.
bush of hair, the locks, (Somner.) Tee must be ware that we open not our eares to flatterers,
A. S. Fer-an,--to fear, to suffer ourselues to be wonne or ouercomed with fauning They (the old English) could call a comet, a faxed starre, FEAR, n.
terrify or make afraid, (Somhumble behauiour of others toward vs. which is all one with stella crinita, or cometa.
Camden. Remaines. The Languages.
ner.) Sw. Fara; Dut. Vaeren; FE'ARFUL.
Ger. Faren, timere, metuere, Instead thereof he kist her wearie feet,
FAY, i. e. faith, by my faith, by my troth or FE'ARFULLY. terrere, facere ut metuat; to And lickt her lilly hands with fawning tong; As he her wronged innocence did weet. truth.
fear or cause to fear. The O how can beautie maister the most strong. And with hire hed she writhed fast away,
Fe'ARLESS. common etymology is the Spenser. Faerie Queene, b. i. c. 3. And sayde; I wol not kisse thee by my fay.
FE'Arlessly. Lat. Vereor. (See AFFEARD.) Hee boulder now, uncall'd before her stood
Chaucer. The Milleres Tale, v. 3284.
Fe'ARLESSNESS. But the Sw. Fura; Dut. But as in gaze admiring : oft he bowd
As God me helpe, I laugh whan that I thinke, Mis turret crest, and sleek enameld neck,
Vaeren ; Ger. Faren; and A.S. Faran, signify, How pitously a night I made hem swinke, Patring, and lick'd the ground whereon she trod. But by my fay, I tolde of it no store.
to go, to go away; and hence, probably, to run Milton. Paradise Lost, b. ix.
Id. The Wif of Bathes Prologue, v. 5785. or cause to run away; and from the motion
FAWN, v. Fawx, n. FAWNING, FAWNER. FAWNINGLY.
extended to the feeling which caused it, i. e. to Ant. Thou canst not feare vs Pompey with thy sailes. Fear is a painful sensation, produced by the immediate
Weele speake with thee at sea.
apprehension of some impending evil. feel or cause the feeling of, dread or terror. Shakespeare. Antony & Cleopatra, Act ii. sc. 6.
Cogan. On the Passions, c. 2. s. 3. To flee, or cause to fee, or escape or avoid, from, (sc.) any ill or risk of ill; to have or cause,
Ang. We must make a scar-crow of the Law,
Yet the disgraced religion, by courage and constaney in
suffering, still kept its enemies anxious amidst all their suesensations of terror, of dread, of timorousness, of
And let it keepe one shape, till costume make it
cess, and fearful amidst all their power, for what might be awe; to scare, to terrify or affright, to dread; to
Their pearch, and not their terrour.
the final issue. affray or be afraid. See the second quotation
Id. Measure for Measure, Act li. sc. 1.
Warburlon. Julian's Attempt to Rebuild the Temple. from Cogan.
Pet. Now for my life Hortentio feares his widow.
With hasty step a figure outward past, Fearful, -full of fear, full of that which causes Wid. Then neuer trust me if I be affeard.
Then paus'd-and turn'd-and paus'd-'tis she at last! fear; dreadful; also of the sense or feeling of fear;
Pet. You are verie sencible, and yet you misse my No poniard in that hand-nor sign of ill-
“ Thanks to that softning heart-she could not kill?"
Again he look'd, the wildness of her ere
Starts from the day abrupt and fearfully.
Id. Taming of the Shrew, Act v. sc. 2.
Byron. The Corsair, c. 3. . 9.
O coward conscience ! how dost thou afflict me!
That religion, which renders void the first precept of my
text, by taking away the fear of God, will always be for Some with grete processyon in gret anguysse and fere. What? do I fear myselfe? There's none else by.
introducing a form of government which renders void the Wepynde byuore the kyng, and her relykes myd hem bere.
Id. Rich. III. Act v. sc. 3. second, by taking away all honour from the king. And so, Id. p. 177.
reciprocally, will an honourless king promote the worship of Malcolme, whan he it herd, fled for ferd.
Malbecco seeing them resolved in deed
a fearless God.-Warburton. Works, vol. ix. Ser. 14.
To flame the gates, and hearing them to call
In these circumstances they should still continue to trade Ther speres poynt ouer poynt, so sare and so thikke,
And, to them calling from the castle wall,
cheerfully and fearlessly as before. & fast togidere joynt, to se it was ferlike. Id. p. 305. Besought them humbly him to beare withall.
Burke. On a late State of the Nation.
Spenser. Faerie Queene, b. iii. c. 9. For Godes blesside body. hit bar for our bote.
This fearlessness of temper depends upon natural constiAnd hit a fereth the feonde.- Piers Plouhman, p. 365. The image of a wicked heynous fault
tution as much as any quality we can possess, for where the Liues in his eye: that close aspect of his
animal system is strong and robust it is easily acquired, but Ran cow and calf, and eke the veray hogges Does shew the mood of a much troubled brest,
when the nerves are weak and extremely sensible the fall So fered were for berking of the douges,
And I do fearefully beleeue 'tis done
presently into tremours that throw the mind off the hinges And shouting of the men and women eke, What we so fear'd he had a charge to do.
and cast a confusion over her. They ronnen so, hem thought hir hertes breke.
Shakespeare. King John, Act iv. sc. 2.
Search. Light of Nature, vol. i. pt. ii c. $i. Chaucer. The Nonnes Preestes Tale, v. 15,392.
He knew great mindes disorder'd by mistake, Then was I ferd, for that was min office.
Defend, thro' pride, the errours they repent:
Judging that we should soon come into cold weather, I Id. The Chanones Yemannes Tale, v. 16,392. And with a lover's fearfulness he spake
ordered slops to be served to such as were in want; and gave Thus humbly, that extremes he might prevent.
to each man the fear-nought jacket and trowsers allowed Unmighty is that wretchedness, which is entred by the
Davenant. Gondibert, b. iii. c. 1.
them by the Admiralty.--Cook. Voyages, b. i. c. 2. serdjull wenyng of the wretche himself. Chaucer. The Testament of Loue, b. ii. A gay matter indeed, and a proper device to salve their
Feasable, from the Fr. cowardice, under a colour of civile dissention to cloke their And eke so loude his belle is ronge,
Faisable, faisille, which That of the noyse, and of the soune fearfulnesse.-Holland. Lirios, p. 74.
can or may be done ;-Men fearen hym in all the towne Then Talus forth issuing from his tent
from the verb Faire, fa. Well more than thei done of thonder.
Unto the wall his way did fearelesse take
cere, (q.d.) facibilis, (Skinner.)
That can or may be done, performed, or prac
Spenser. Faerie Queene, b. v. c. 5. And then it (air] breketh the cloudes all,
tised That whiche of 50 great noyse craken, That thei the fearefull thonder maken.-Id. 16.
Frequence of conversation gives us freedome of accesse to
God; and makes us poure out our hearts to him as fully and Paul. What's your suit, sir ! Lyke as the good husbande, whan he hath sowen his as fearelesly as to our friends.
Infor. 'Tis feasible: here are three arrant knares grounde, setteth vp cloughtes or thredes, which some call
Bp. Hall. Cont. Of the Calling of Moses.
Discovered by my art. shailes, some bléchars, or other lyke shewes, to feare away The best of the heathen emperours (that was honoured
Massinger. The Emperor of the East, Act i. se. 1. byrdes, whiche he foreseeth redye to deuoure and hurte his
with the title of piety) iustly magnified that courage of corne.-Sir T. Elyot. Governorr, b. i. c. 23.
So Charles VIII., King of France, finding the care of Christians which made them insult sver their tormenters,
Britaine (which afterwards was compounded by marriage And though none of the wonders feared them, yet were and by their fearelesness of earthquakes, and deaths, argued
not so feasible, pursued his enterprise upon Naples
, which they afrayd at the beastes which came vpon them, and at the truth of their religion.-Id. Heaven upon Earth, s. 3.
he accomplisht with wonderful facility and felicity.
Now glut yourselves with prey; let not the night,
Hence it is, that we conclude many things within the list Therefore Jesus minding to make them bolde and voide The fear-struck hares, our enemies.
of impossibilities, which yet are easie feasibles. of all feare, and also conquerours agaynste al assaultes of
Massinger. The Bashful Lorer, Act ii. sc. 5.
Glanvill. The Vanity of Dogmatizing c. !!. the moste sore and vehement troubles, rebuking theyr greate feare: Why feare ye (quoth he] ye menne of lytel Long mute he stood, and leaning on his staff,
Whereby men often swallow falsities for truths, dubiosities fayth.-Udal. Mallhew, c. 8.
His wonder witness'd with an idiot laugh ;
, and things in
possible as possibilities themselves. The verie houre and instant that they should goe forward
First found his want of words, and fear'd offence. with their businesse; a wonderfull and terrible earthquake
Dryden. Cymon & Iphigenia. fell throughout all England: whereupon diuers of the suffra- In dreams they fearful precipices tread; ganes being feared, by the strange and wonderfull demon
being as necessary to found a purpose of undertaking it, as stration, doubting what it should mean, thought it good to
Or, shipwreck'd, labour to some distant shore : leaue off from their determinate purpose.
Or in dark churches walk among the dead;
They wake with horrour, and dare sleep no more.
upon neglect, can be imagined to be.
Id. Annus Mirabilis. And at the last some that would not obey, hee put to death, But it seems he did it covertly and fearfully, and was to feare the rest withall. Vires. Instruction of a Christian Woman, b. i. c. 11. 'fears of the cross: of which it appears Bucer had then some afterwards drawn off, either by the love of the world or the
Duke, the Lord Grey, and Sir Thomas Arni strong (25 die Fellowship and Friendships hest apprehensions, though he expressed them very modestly.
remembers) went one night to view the guards : and the
next day at his house they said it was very feasible if they With thy fearers all I hold
Burnet. History of the Reformation, an. 1547. had strength to do it.
by his providence; the falseness of Judas, the fearfulness of The same to say with me be prest.-Id. Ps. 118.
Pilate, and the malice of the Jews were subservient to God's
eternal design.-Bates. Harmony of the Divine Attrib. c. 13. Suche of them as wold seme to be lesse fearefull, sayd
have heard it mentioned as a thing might easily be done, but they feared not the enemy, but the narrownes of the wais,
And like a lion, slumbering in the way,
never consented to as fit to be done.- 1d. Ib. p. 692. and the greatnes of the woods that laye betwene them and
Or sleep dissembling, while he waits his prey, Ariouistus; or else they cast doubts howe theyr grayne
His fearless foes within his distance draws, should be commodiously conueyed after theym.
('onstrains his roaring, and contracts his paws;
Golding. Cæsar, fol. 30. Till at the last, his time for fury found, When the king vnderstoode that they made towardes him
He shoots with sudden vengeance from the ground. with such speede, he fled for feare, and leauing behinde him
Dryden, Absalom d Achitophel. his hoste and all his furniture for the warres, he fearefullye
To dare undauntedly to revile the Maker of all things, and retyred vnto his kingedome.--Id. Justine, fol. 10. show their fearlessness even of God himself, by openly
Clarke, vol. i. Ser. 51. FE'ASTFUL.
natal or wedding day. should bring one of his greatest elephants, and set him hard
Cogan. On the Passions, c. 2. s. 3.
E'en at the sound himself had made,
Collins. The Passions. his house.
Bacon. On Learning, by G. Wals, b. ii. c. 12.
Brown. Vulgar Errours, D. 1. 6. I. An opinion of the fecibleness or successfulness of the work either the authority of commands, or the persuasregered promises, or pungency of menaces, or prospect of mischiefs
Hammond. Works, vol. i. p. 473. They discoursed of surprising the guards; and that the
Slate Trials. William Lord Russell, an. 1688. several times by accident, in general discourse elsewhere, I
Some discourse there was about the feasibleness of it, and
Yet this did not hinder me from prosecuting a design, whose feasibility I cousidered.-Buyle. Works, vol.ii. p. 540.
Here is a principle of a nature, to the multitude, the most seductive, always existing before their eyes
, as a thitus feasible in practice.-Burke. Thoughts on French Afairs.
Fr. Fester, festoyer ; It
. Fostare, festeggiare; sp. Festear, festejar, from the Lat. Featur, and festum or festus dies, from
the Ġr. 'Estiur, i.e. jesium diem agere; as when we celebrate with a bangunt i
The verb totius, Vossius adds, is from SOTIA, which signifies as well the lares or hearth, as Vesta, foci vel ignis præses: and thus, éotiav, is properly, to receive or entert tain any one-convivio apud larem suum, i.e. in
(He) liu'd in Court To receive or entertain with food or victuals in feeding their eyes, and tastes, with one seruice after another
(Which rare it is to do) most prais'd, most loud, the house, at the table; to feed plenteously or in both kinds.—Purchas. Pilgrimage, c. 18. 8. 5.
A sample to the youngest: to th' mcre mature, lavishiy, luxuriously; to banquet, to supply with All eyes you draw, and with the eyes the heart;
A glasse that feated them.
Shakespeare. Cymbeline, Act i. sc. 1.
Madge. Nay, Sue has a hazel eye, I know Sue well, and
Dryden. To his Sacred Majesty. by your leave, not so trim a body neither; this is a feat
bodied thing I tell you.
Beaum. & Fletch. The Coxcomb, Act iii. sc. 1.
Thus have I made this wreath of mine,
And finished it featly.
Drayton. The Muses' Elysium, Nymphal 5
Then they spake most properly and featiy.
North. Plutarch, p. 14.
She wore a frock of frolick green
Id. Homer. Odyssey, b. xxi.
Might well become a maiden queen
Which seemly was to see ;
A hood to that so neat and fine,
In colour like the columbine,
Ywrought full featously:--Drayton. Pastorals, Ecl. 4.
They haue also dancers on the rope, tumblers, and other
The jury finding the book (to the best of their skill and featworkers.-Purchus. Pilgrimage, c. 18. s. 5.
were virtuous to take upon them the government of the city This trophy from the Python won,
of London, with good husbandry, and sober methods, as This robe, in which the deed was done, Whan he had brought hem into his citee,
might neither dishonour God by excess in fraslings, nor yet These, Parnell, glorying in the seal, And inned hem, everich at his degree,
ruin their own families.--State Trials, an. 1680. Fran. Smith. Hung on these shelves, the Muses' seat.
Parnell. The Book-Worm.
When Venice was an envy, might abate,
So featly tripp'd the lightfoot ladies round,
But did not quench, her spirit- in her fate
The knights so nimbly o'er the greensward bound,
That scarce they bent the flowers, or touch'd the ground.
Pope. January & Vay.
Byron. Ode, s. 3.
Not victories won by Marlbro's sword,
Nor titles which these feats record,
Such glories o'er the dead diffuse
Great Saturnius to record,
As can the labours of the Muse,
And by each rejoicing guest
Jenyns. Horace, b. iv. Ode 8. Imit.
West. Pindar. The First Olympic. Meantime some rude Arion's restless hand
Wakes the brisk harmony that sailors love;
FEAT, v. Fr. Faict ; Lat. Factum, any A circle there of merry listeners stand,
Thoughtless, as if on shore they still were free to rove.
Byron. Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, c. 2. s. 21.
Fe'stly, framed, formed or fashioned,
FEATHER, v. A.S. Fether ; Dut. Veder ;
Ger. Feder; Sw. Fjaeder.
or fashion. The same adjective, done, performed, FE'ATHERED. Luke, xvi. 6, “ Nim thine
Accipe cautionem tuam. On
which Somner remarks, that
FE'ATHERINESS. fethere does not signify cautio,
but calamus. In the Gothic version it is bokos,
Gr. Iltep-ov, a wing (from TTE-ELV, TTETELV, volare,
to fly.) And thus, a feather is that which fleeth.
Piers Plouhman, p. 22. To feather,—to act with or upon the feathers.
To strip of, to clothe in, the feathers, with
plumage ; to dress or fit with, to move in, the
feathers ; to trim, to gather or collect them; and & the two fishes.-Udal. Matthew, c. 14.
The comune profit coude she redresse.
thus, (met.) to feather the nest ; to gather or collect
Chaucer. The Clerkes Tale, v. 8305.
the means of warmth and comfort.
Ac for hus peyntede fetheres. the pokok his honourede.
Piers Plouhman, p. 239.
And ten broad arrowes held he there,
Of which fiue in his hond were
But they were shauen well and dight
Nocked and fethered aright.-Chaucer. Rom. of the Rose.
For whan she kempt was felcously
And to the crowe he stert, and that anon
Than had she doen all her iourne.
And pulled his white feathers everich on,
And made him blak, and raft him all his song
And eke his speche.-Id. The Manciples Taie, v. 17,253.
Lordes, sayd this frere, there was ones a fowle appered in
this worlde without ony fethers; and when al other fowles
knew ye he was borne, they came to se hym, bicause he was The virgins also shall on feastfull days
so fayre and pleasaunt to beholde.
None knewe better the feale howe to worke myschyfe than
Berners. Froissart. Cronycle, vol. ii. c. 42.
Then he cried them mercy, and sayd, that he wolde
amende himselfe, and noo more be prowde; and so then
Brende. Quintus Curtius, fol. 2.
agayne these gentyll byrdes had pyte on hym and fethered
hym agayne.--Id. 16.
When, as from onow-crown'd Skidaw's lofty cliffs
proper and feacle as the prouidence of nature dooeth.
Udal. Matthew, c. 6.
Some fleet-wing'd haggard, tow'rds her preying hour,
Amongst the teal and moor-bred mallard drives,
And th' air of all her feather'd flock doth scour.
Drayton. The Barons' Wars, b. vi.
They stuck not to say, that the king cared not to plume
his nobilitie and people, to feather himselfe.
Bacon. Hen. VII. p. 111.
Vncertaine Auctors. A new Married Student.
What pity it is that those wise masters were not of the
counsel of the Almighty, when he was pleased to give a
with buttred bread, or featusse knacks,
being to his creature; they would surely haue devised to such pleasure, that they continue sometimes ten houres in
Will lewre the little fooles,
make a winged elephant, and a corpulent gnat: a featherd to learn a pace theyr A B C.-Drant. Horace, b. i. Sat. 1. man, and a speaking beast.--Bp. Hall, Sol. 21.
Youthfull and green in will,
This very word of patterning or imitating, excludes Epis- A man of goodly presence and well favoured, and comely And by the favour of an easie simile we may affirm them
to the gross and fæculent snuff; which, as it is not pent up thing, that having pluckt the gay feathers of her obsolete
in it, so neither doth it partake of its stench and impurity. bravery, to hide her own deformed barrenness, now vaunts Their clay well seatur'd, their well temper'd mould
Glanvill. Vanity of Dogmatizing, c. 24. and glories in her stolen plumes.
Ambitious mortals make their chief pretence
Besides the vinous liquor, the fermented juice of the
Beaumont, Of the Miserable State of Man. grapes is partly turned into liquid drops or lees, and partly
into that crust or dry feculency, that is commonly called
tartar.-Boyle. Works, vol. i. p. 580. Where, with her best nurse, Contemplation,
Harsh, featureless, and rude, barrenly perish. She plumes her feathers, and lets grow her wings,
Shakespeare, son. 11. That a subtile terrestrious substance may lurk unThat in the various bustle of resort
discerned, even in limpid liquors, may appear in wine, Were all-to ruffled, and sometimes impair'd.-Id. Comus. Words are but pictures, true or false design'd,
which rejects and fastens to the sides of the containing To draw the lines and features of the mind.
vessel a tartar, abounding in terrestrious fecniency. Thus works the hand of nature in the feathery plantation Butler. Salire upon Human Learning, pt. ii.
Id. Ib vol. i. p. 78. about birds.--Brown. Cyrus Garden, c. 3. There Herbert sate-the love of human kind,
He (Joseph) preserved his sincere and constant innocence, Which seems to be some fenthery particle of snow. Pure light of truth, and temperance of mind,
as the sun its undefiled lustre, in the midst of all the feculent Id. l'ulyar Errours, b. ii. c. I. In the free eye, the featur'd soul display'd,
exhalations that ascend from the earth So when the new-born Phenix first is seen, Honour's strong beam, and mercy's melting shade.
Bates. The Great Duty of Resignation. ller feather'd subjects all adore their queen,
Langhorne. The Country Justice, pt. i.
That the inhabitants of the air, (birds and insects,) need And while she makes her progress through the east, Her tow'ring domes let Richmond boast alone;
the air as well as man, and other animals, is manifest from From every grove her numerous train's increas'd: The sculptur'd statue and the breathing stone :
their speedy dying in too feculent or too much rarefied air. Each Poet of the air her glory sings, Alone distinguish'd on the plains of Stowe,
Derham. Physico-Theology, b. i. c. 1. (Note 4.) And round him the pleas'd audience clap their wings.
From Jones's hand the featur'd marble glow.
Thither [to cities) flow
As to a common and most noisome sewer,
The dregs and feculence of every land. -Couper. Task, b. La
It was long before the spirit of true piety and true wisdom,
involved in the principles of the Reformation, could be I took you into my house, placed you next myself, and And eye dissatisfy'd, would tell the wish
depurated from the dregs and seculence of the contention
with which it was carried through.-Burke. Sp. at Brision.
For courtly grandeur.
Mickle. The Siege of Marseilles, Act i. sc. 1. FE/CIAL. Lat. Fecialis or fetialis ; plainly so
called, says Varro, a fatu, that is, fando : because Belin. Ay, on my conscience, fat as a barndoor fowl; but Pale as the beam that o'er his features play'd,
they were the orators or spokesmen employed ou so bedeck d. you would have taken them for Friesland hens,
Was Lara stretch'd; his half-drawn sabre near, with their feathers growing the wrong way.
Dropp'd it should seem in more than nature's fear.
certain great public occasions. Id. The Old Batchelor, Act iv.
Byron. Lara, c. 1. s. 13.
When the greater number of them there present accord Thither the household feathery people crowd,
thereunto, then by generall consent they were wont to pro
Fr. Febrifique, fébrile; from The crested cock, with all his female train,
claime war in this order: that the freial or king at armes
the Lat. Febris, (a fervendo,) should go with a javelin, having an iron head, or with a red FEBRIFUGAL. a fever, (qv.)
bloodie spear burnt at the end, as far as to their borders or Our resolutions are light and feathery, soon scattered by a FE'BRILE.
marches.-Holland. Lirivs, p. 24.
Febrifick, productive of fever. storm of fear; it is as dangerous to trust in a heart of nesh, as in an arm of flesh. Febrifuge,--that which dispels fever.
Fr. Fécond, (Cotgrave has Bates. Spiritual Rejlections Unfolded, c. 12.
also the verb féconder, to As in the formerly mentioned instance of hops, currants, And yet at the first encounter of a strong temptation, our and salt, neither any of the ingredients inwardly given, nor
FECUNDATION. make fertile or fruitful ;) resolutions may cool and faint, and our vows of obedience the mixture hath been (that I know of) noted for any febri- FECU'NDITY.
Lat. Facundus, from Fetus, may vanish as the "morning dew before the heat of the fugal virtues.- Boyle. Works, vol. ii. p. 158. sun;" there is such a levity and featheriness in our minds,
which Scaliger thinks is such a mutability and inconstancy in our hearts. The same febrile matter, either by a deviation of nature or from the Gr. pout-av, coire ; Vossius
, from the Id. The Sure Trial of Uprightness.
medicines improper or unskilfully given, is discharged ancient Feo, fetum ; of the same meaning.
sometimes upon the pleura, or membrane that lines the From Eurus, foe to kitchen ground, side of the chest, sometimes upon the throat, sometimes
Generating, producing, fruitful. Fenc'd by a slope with bushes crown'd,
upon the guts.-Id. Ib. vol. iv. p. 766. Fit dwelling for the feather'd throng,
But the Cornyshe men inbabytyng the least parte of the Who pay their quit rents with a song.–Green. The Spleen. into chyle and so will corrode the vascular oritices, and thus Buth the aliment will not be concreted, nor assimilated realme, and the same sterile and without all fecuerditempo
pleyned and grudged greatly, affyrmyng that they were not The volunteers have cloaths as fine, feathers as high, will aggravate the febrific symptoms.
hable to paye suche à greate somme as was of theim demusic of as martial a character, decorations of all sorts as
maunded. -Hall. Hen. VII, an. 12.
Fielding. The History of a Foundling, b. viii. c. 3.
The more sickly the years are, the less fecund or fruitful late the nerves of the diaphragm, and thereby occasion a
of children also they be.--Graunt. Obs. on Bills of Mortabig. At a word,
craving which will not be easily distinguishable from a His feathery subjects in obedience flock natural appetite.-Id. Ib.
These meditations naturally issue and run to the right Around his feeding hand, who in return
hand and to the left, for this head; and may properly refresh Yield a delicious tribute to the board,
and fecundate ev'n the best mould they fall upon, as well as And o'er his couch their downy plumage spread.
Fr. Feurier ; It. Febraio, soften and unparch the dryest and barrenest earth they pass Dodsley. Ayriculture, c. 1.
FEBRUAR febraro; Sp. Febrero; Lat, over.-Mountague. Deroute Essayes, pt. ii. Treat. 4. 6. 4.
Februarius ; so called, because then the people FEATURE, n. Minshew says_Feature or
Hence we cannot infer a fertilitating condition or property FEATURED, adj. making. Fr. Faicture; It. by sacrifices for the manes of the dead. Februa FEATURELESS. Fattura ; Sp. Hechura ; Lat.
In God there is this inexplicable mystery. there is unity, Factura, from Facere, to make, form or fashion. See Vossius.
of a natural freundity and : Applied to
The form or fashion, the make, (sc.) of the body; of the face or countenance: (inet.) of any
or perceivance of the businesse to bee performed (as hee had
Who being upon sending for corne, and having a presage | incapacity of solitariness.-Mount. Det. Ess. pt. i. Tr.17. s. I. an inckling given him even by continuall dreames) would
And for the security of such species as are produc'd only subject of thought or speech. neither be seene nor come abroad for two daies, avoiding the
by seed with a lasting vitality, that so if by reason of exces: Therto he was the semlieste man,
bissext or odd daye of the leap yeare in the moneth of
to germinate the first year, it will continue its fecundity, I
or thirty years.-Ray. On the Creation, pt. i. Chaucer. The Manciples Tale, v. 17,070. and January the first, which under Romulus was the Of all her feilers he shall take hede, eleventh and February the twelfth and last : yet many
We shall find in each the same vivacity and fecundity of His eyen with all her limmes fede.--Id. Rom. of the Rose.
are of opinion that Numa added these two, January and
February.--North. Plutarch, p. 60.
Some fantastick rites and februations to chase away morof feature, and of countenance,
moes and spectics.---Spenser. On Prodigies, p. 227. So fayre yet neuer was figure,
The flowers of the male plant are produced under water: Right as a liues creature
FE/CES. Fr. Fèces, féculent ; Lat. Fex,
fecis, is the excrement of any wafted by the air, or borne by the currents, to the female So without pere Was of this mayden the feyture,
FE'CULENCY. according to Perottus, (but VosWherof Phæbus out of measure
sius is not decisive.) And thus feculence is Hir loueth.
Id. Ib. b. v.
Filth or foulness, impurity, the dregs. This is a mightie people, well featured and without any
Blessed be heaven, grossenesse.--Hackluyt. Voyages, vol. iii. p. 427.
I sent you of his feces there calcined. 'Twas a child, that so did thrive
B. Jonson. The Alchymist, Act ii. sc. 3. fecundity : that they are parts indeed of one compensatory
may be expressed a black and forculent matter.
Brown. l'ulgar Errours, b. iii. c. 17.
(februaretur, hoc est, expurgaretur) were purified of secundation.—Brown
. Vulyar Erroura, bi, vince in formed—a fervendo, whence also febris, fever, (qv.) and singleness without solitude: for out of the
nation of a plurality of persons, in which consists God's
sive cold, or drought, or any other accident, it happen, nei do not say two or three, nor six or seven, but even twenty
invention, the same life and strength of imaging and colouras bold, the metaphors as animated, and the numbers as
ing, the particular descriptions as highly painted, the figures harmonious, and as various.
Pope. Homer. Odyssey, Post.
and as soon as the fecundating farina is mature they seps. rate themselves from the plant, rise to the surface, and are
From this vessel projects a tube, through which tube the farina, or some subtile fecundaling effluvium that issues from it, is admitted to the seed.-Paley. Vat. Theol. c. 20,
What further shows, that the system of destruction amongst animals holds an express relation to the system of scheme; is that in each species the fecundity bears a prothe shortness of its natural term of life
, and to the dangers and enemies by which it is surrounded.--Id. Ib. 6. 26.
The Glossarist to G. Douglas explains Fee,
The common verb now, is to enfeeble, (qv.).
beasts or cattle; whence, he adds, our English To weaken, to debilitate ; to impair or diminish,
Fee; quia olim sola præmia et munera erant pe- the strength or vigour, the firmness or stability.
Feblyche he lyued al hys lyue, and deyde in feble dethe.
R. Gloucester, p. 301,
Uter, the gode kynge, (of wham we speke by vore)
Was feble after that he was in the hors bere v bore,
Zuf a man of holi chirche halt eni lay fe,
That he moste vor fehlesse nede holde hym stylie,
R. Gloucester, p. 471.
Ther vore the luther Saxons so much adde her wylle.
Id. p. 165.
Kyng Wyllam wende agen, tho al thys was ydo, same word differently written, (having no connec
And bygan sone to grony & to sebly al 80.-1d. p. 380.
R. Brunne, p. 63. tion whatever with feud or feudatory,) and signify, a
This wer agrete trespas, a gayn myli owen inwitte, colleague, associate or confederate.
The said defendant, by untrue surmises of a conceale-
So sebli forto wirke, for drede of Gode's awe. in Minshew,
R. Brunne, p. 156.
For hii eteth more fisch than fiesch. and feble ale drenken.
Piers Plouhman, p. 95.
So feble were his spirites, and so low,
And changed so, that no man coude know This rite of eating together the Gentiles did use, especially to be concealed.-Id. Ib.
His speche ne his vois, though men it herd. after such sacrifices as were federal, unto this intent, that by that superadded custom of eating together, upon or after Han made hire kyn nyghtes. and knyght fees purchase.
Chaucer. The Knightes Tale, v. 1371. sacrificing, they might the more ratify and contirm such
Piers Plouhman, p. 79. For loke how greatly sheweth the feblenesse and infirmitie covenants, first made, and begun by sacrificing.
of wicked folk, that ne mowen not commen, to that her
naturall entencion leadeth hem.--Id. Boccius, b. iv.
My hors is nowe feble and badde,
And all to tore is myn arraie.--Gower. Con. A. b. iy.
And thus feeblesse is set alofte,
And strengthe was put vnder foote.-Id. Ib. b. ii.
Thus secretlye to liue in payne,
His back against the tree, sore febled all with faint,
With weary sprite, he stretcht hym vp and thus he told
his plaint.--Surrey. Complaint of a Dying Louer, fr. under one monarch; but the Swedes judging a separation
Wyatt. The Louer complaineth his Estate.
Thus fehlyshed thenglisch capitaynes: for the same yere more for their interest, broke off and chose Gustavus I. for
there dyed also the Lorde Spensar, a great baron in England, their king.--Proceedings in the Parliument of Scotland re
But if any be vsurers, they take of them satisfaction and
and a good knight.--Berners. Froiss. Cron. vol. i. c. 315. lating to the Union.
bribes : and so be permitted to vse their vsurie, no lesse In the weaker and more imperfect societies of mankind, Fux. Martyrs, p. 326. Usury craftily objected ugst. Laymen. than before, so that they may have their old fees and bribes.
His heed maye be harde, but feble his brayne. such as those compos'd of the federale tribes, or mix'd colo
Skelton. Prologue to the Bouge o; Court. nies, scarce settled in their new seats, it might pass for This paper has vndone me. "Tis th' accompt
And yet when by the places cöferred wel togither, the sufficient good-fortune, if the people proved only so far
Of all that world of wealth I haue drawne together feblenesse of his answere shal appeare: ihen shall he leze
Shakespeare. Hen. VIII. Act iii. sc. 2. By easie iourneys he brought him to the abbey of Ler-
cester, the xxvii, day of November, where for very feenlenesse
of nature, caused by purgations and vomites, he died the
Id. 1 P. Hen. VI. Acti. sc. 4. second night following, and in the same abbey lieth buried. the supposed benefits of the sacrifice, and consequently, are
Fox. Martyrs, p. 909. Death of Cardinal Wolsey.
Bale. Image, pt. i.
Mir. 'Tis true, ye are old, and feehled :
Would ye were young again, and in full vigor. taken up in his village or in his house, and conveyed to pri
Beaum. f Fletch. W'ild Goose Chase, Act i. sc. 3. son without the least shadow of resistance; and this indif
I was sent for, (who least thought it) and received the ferently , whether he is suspected of royalism, or federalism, free collation of the poor dignitie, it was not the value of the
Many a burning sun
Has seard my body, and boil'd up my blood, moderantisin, democracy royal, or any other of the names of place, (which was but nine nobles per annum,) that we faction which they start by the hour.
ained at, but the freedome of a goodly church, (consisting Feehled my knees, and stampt a meagerness Burke. Remarks on the Policy of the Allies.
of a dean and eight prebendaries competently endowed,) and Upon my figure, all to find out knowledge. In a federate alliance, the two societies still subsist intire; many thousand souls lamentably swallowed up by wilfull
Id. The Island Princess, Act iv. sc. 1. though in a subordination of one to the other; in which recusants, in a pretended fee farme for ever.
Yet whilest I in this wretched vale doo stay,
Id. Some Specialties of his Life. case, it seems agreeable to natural equity, that no alteration
My wearie feete shall ever wandring be, in church government be made without the joint consent of
That still I may be readie on my way, both.—Warburton. Alliance between Church and Slate, b.ii. If this man having fee-simple in his lands, yet will take a
When as her messenger doth come for me; lease of his own lands from another, this shall be an estopple
Ne will I rest my feete for seblenesse.-Spenser, Daph. 6. The potentates of Europe have by that law, a right, an
to him in an assize from the recovering of his own land. interest, and a duty to know with what government they are
Close by each other laid, they press'd the ground, to treat, and what they are to admit into the federative
Their manly bosoms pierc'd with many a griesly wound; society, or, in other words, into the diplomatick republic of When I came to pay the clerk of the council his fees, she
Nor well alive, nor wholly dead they were, Europe. - Burke. Remarks on the Policy of the Allies. refused to pay them for me, and told me I had betrayed
But some faint signs of feeble life appear. her; and so notwithstanding her promise I was obliged to
Dryden. Palamon & Arcite. Is he obliged, from the concessions he wished to be made
pay the fees myself at the council. to the colonies, to keep any terms with those clubs and
State Trials, an. 1680. Elizabeth Cellier. With continual pains teaching the grammar-school there. federations, who hold out to us as a pattern for imitation, the
and preaching, he changed this life for a betier, in great proceedings in France, in which a king, who had voluntarily
Watch the disease in time: For when, within
fecbleness of body more than of soul and mind.
Strype. Memorials. Q. Mary, an. 1554 and formally divested himself of the right of taxation, and
The dropsy rages, and extends the skin,
Yet there I've wander'd by the vaulted rill;
Yes! sigh'd o'er Delphi's long deserted shrine,
Where, save that feeble fountain, all is still.
Byron. Childe llarold's Pilgrimage, c. 1. of un
And therefore Sir Henry Spelman defines a feud or fee to
be the right which the vasal or tenant hath in land, to use Alas, Hilaria! what is life's short date A second may be the fodily and unnaturalness of the
the same, and take the profits thereof to him and his heirs, But the brief passage to our endless state?
Of which Heav'n wisely hides the term assign'd,
In pity to our feebleness of mind.
Boyse. To the Disconsolate Hilaria. feditie and abomination, with other inconueniences, did Upon a closer examination of the matter however, it after
Scarce her legs spring incontinently vpon that his diabolicall doctrine, yet for all that would not give ouer his pestilent purpose. wards came out, that although there were no fees received
Feebly she drags, with wheezing labour, on,
And motion slow; a willow wand directs
Her tottering steps, and marks her for the grave.
Thomson. Sickness, b. il.
Goth. Fodjan ; A. S. Fed-an;
Dut. Voeden; Ger. Weiden,
Fr. Foible, feble; Sp. Feble ;
fæden ; Sw. Foeda. (Junius FE'EBLE, v.
FE'EDING, n. would derive from Botely, and
It. Fiebole, fievole ; all from
Skinner from Lat. Pasc-ere.). upon oath or promise of fealty or fidelity ; any
A. S. Fed-an, forere, pascere, thing paid, given, and received, upon trust reposed
nutrire; to feed, to nourish, to
FoodLESS. cherish, (Somner.) To which ; as a reward or were used in Low Lat. as equivalent to debilis
FoợpY. and debilitas.
may be added,
FEE, n. Fee, v.
old Fr. Fe; Lat. Fides. FEUD, &c.
faithfu performance of duty; recompence; a perquisite,