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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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Dew, n.1 Also: dewe, deu. [ME. deu, dew(e, OE. déaw.] Dew (in lit. and fig. senses). a1400 Leg. S. xxviii. 560.
Within scho wes withoutyne dout Of heuinly deu
1456 Hay II. 100/6.
How princis may be lykenyt to the dew of the hevyn
Ib. 145/35.
The dew bringis … the fruytis
a1500 Henr. Test. Cress. 429.
Quhair thou was wont full merilye in May To walk and tak the dew be it was day
Id. Orph. 95.
In till a Maij morning To take the dewe
c1475 Wall. viii. 1189.
The donk dew doun fra the heuin did vaill
c1500-c1512 Dunb. Tua Mar. W. 10.
The dew donkit the daill
Ib. xlviii. 20.
Fresche May … Balmit in dew
c1515 Asl. MS. I. 252/13.
In this kingis tyme thar fell dew lyk blud vij days
1549 Compl. 38/22.
The grene feildis, for grite droutht, drank vp the drops of the fresche deu
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 6309.
The dew now dounkis the rossis redolent
a1585 Maitl. Q. lxix. 11.
The syluer droppis of dew hang on the bewis
a1605 Montg. Misc. P. xlviii. 2.
The deu of grace thy leivis mot vnclose

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