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First published 1983 (DOST Vol. V).
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Pasch(e)-, Paische-evin, -ewin, -eyn, n. Also: -euen, -ewyn. [Cf. Pask-evin.] Easter eve; the day before Easter or the Passover.(1) 1375 Barb. xv. 105 (E).
Apon the Pasche ewyn [C. Paskis evin]
(2) 1474 Treas. Acc. I. 20.
Fra Thom Cant to the king on Pasche evin, a bonat
1513 Ib. IV. 523. 1531 Bell. Boece II. 490.
This battal was strikin on Pasche [v.r. Paische] evin
1536 Reg. Episc. Brechin. II. 318.
All festual ewinnis … except Ȝule ewyn, Pasch ewyn, [etc.]
a1538 Abell 38 b.
At the Pas candill suld be blissit on Pasche eyn
1558 Melrose Reg. Rec. III. 159.
Upoun Paische ewin
1559 Q. Kennedy in Misc. Wodrow Soc. 265.
On Pasch ewin
(3) c1520-c1535 Nisbet John xix. 14.
And Pilat … ledde furth Jesu … And it was Pasche euen

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