Archive for December 26th, 2009

To YEARN. v.n.

To YEARN. v.n. [eannan, Saxon.] To feel great internal
uneasiness. In Spenser it is sometimes earn.
He despis’d to tread in due degree,
But chaff’d, and foam’d, with courage fierce and stern,
And to be eas’d of that base burden still did yearn. Spenser.
Make the libbard stern
Leave roaring, when in rage he for revenge did yearn. Spens.
Though peeping close into the thick,
Might see the moving of some quick:
But were it fairy, fiend, or snake,
My courage earned it to wake,
And manfully thereat shot. Spenser.
Falstaff, he is dead,
And we must yern therefore. Shakespeare’s Hen. V.
Joseph made haste; for his bowels did yern upon his bro-
there: and he sought where to weep, and he enter’d into his
chamber. Gen. xliii. 30.