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  • Once my hosts had opened all the presents, Christiane blithely informed me that the next morning they would be leaving for the countryside, where they would be staying for the entire summer, but here were the keys to the apartment.†   (source)
  • It was definitely the very same fellow who waved his baton so blithely on the bandstand in the Piazza.†   (source)
  • Outside, mockingbirds were singing blithely, and, once in a while, when the songsters took flight, Mariam could see their wings catching the phosphorescent blue of moonlight beaming through the clouds.†   (source)
  • She went straight to the food line, blithely smiling as usual.†   (source)
  • Nearly time/' said Harry blithely.†   (source)
  • "These are the techies," I whisper hoarsely, remembering the name the Silvers so blithely toss around.†   (source)
  • Charlotte was roving blithely about the village by herself when she was discovered by a constable.†   (source)
  • "After you stormed out, it was left to me to convince them not to hire the Faceless Men," he continued blithely.†   (source)
  • 'Yep, you're a blithely.†   (source)
  • She was indulgent of her only child even if he was as blithely incontinent as an unhousebroken llama.†   (source)
  • Institutions of higher learning can no longer blithely assume that everyone in class is a Christian, and if they do, it's at their own risk.†   (source)
  • "Ah," said Jace blithely, "that might explain why I so often run into people who seem to dislike me."†   (source)
  • I have never understood how people can blithely disregard the damage they do by following their hearts.†   (source)
  • "We should have lunch one of these days," I said blithely, arching one eyebrow ever so slightly, asking, is this Master Ash?†   (source)
  • "I know you worry about her," he explained to me as she danced blithely into the ring.†   (source)
  • But one day in the classroom the professor of philosophy was blithely expounding on the illusory nature of the world for what seemed the fiftieth time and Phaedrus raised his hand and asked coldly if it was believed that the atomic bombs that had dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki were illusory.†   (source)
  • Sure enough, he took the bait and blithely entered the box.†   (source)
  • We looked blithely at the road ahead, quadruplet angels.†   (source)
  • The guy strolled blithely through the Frisbee game, ignoring the players' shouts for him to get out of the way.†   (source)
  • They're a heap nicer," returned Laurella blithely.†   (source)
  • " "Why, it's short for hiccough," Augustus said blithely.†   (source)
  • Even now, looking back at those months of spring and early summer, I see how blithely happy I was.†   (source)
  • He had murdered the young girl that he was talking about so blithely.†   (source)
  • How can I have just blithely led my life ignoring an entire retail sector?†   (source)
  • The reader, knowing nothing about the "dark continent," filled in the blanks, pictured Stone in a tent, a kerosene lamp held up by a Hottentot providing the only light, elephants stampeding outside while the good doctor recited Cicero and excised a part of himself as blithely as if he were cutting for stone on the body of another.†   (source)
  • "For example," Warden Coyne continued blithely, "I don't really believe in the death penalty."†   (source)
  • So you blithely went into the killing game?†   (source)
  • She wondered why she, who had such difficulty talking about herself with people of flesh and blood, could blithely reveal her most intimate secrets to a bunch of completely unknown freaks on the Internet.†   (source)
  • In the old days, before the accident, Annie could normally subvert such moods by teasing or blithely ignoring them.†   (source)
  • It sets you up with the banality of common events, camouflages the danger signals, positions you with kind and mothering hands, whispers graceful cadences and cunning lullabies, and leads you blithely to terrifying reckoning, perhaps to extinction, but always to banality again.†   (source)
  • My father could splash it on blithely before he went to the city for work.†   (source)
  • But Abby said blithely, "Oh, I don't have to," which made no sense whatsoever.†   (source)
  • May I add that Stuart accepted his summons to Luna blithely without asking why?†   (source)
  • It was just before sunset, a time of day when the sun stared blithely across the kitchen, instead of studying the floor.†   (source)
  • {Blithely, HORNBECK reaches across the picnic table and chooses a drumstick.†   (source)
  • In this spirit I let the months go blithely by, and gradually the months turned into years-1946 became 1947 which became 1948 which became 1949—and I was content.†   (source)
  • "I'll find one, never you fear," she said blithely.   (source)
    blithely = in a carefree and happy manner
  • The men smoke, Peter's eyes close from the strain of listening, Mama is dressed in her long, dark negligee, Mrs. van D. is trembling because of the planes, which take no notice of the speech but fly blithely on toward Essen, Father is slurping his tea, and Margot and I are united in a sisterly way by the sleeping Mouschi, who has taken possession of both our knees.   (source)
    blithely = unconcerned with what is happening below
  • So surely as they raised their voices, the old man got quite blithe and loud; and so surely as they stopped, his vigour sank again.   (source)
    blithe = carefree and happy
  • And Scrooge said often afterwards, that of all the blithe sounds he had ever heard, those were the blithest in his ears.   (source)
    blithest = most carefree and happy
  • And Janos Slynt and Ser Ilyn went ahead blithely and shortened the man without a word from me!†   (source)
  • "She wanted to save that part for herself," he went on blithely.†   (source)
  • "A dead enemy is a joy forever," Tyrion said blithely, though Ser Mandon was not his true enemy.†   (source)
  • Bitchin' good," Chris said a little too blithely.†   (source)
  • "The answer's obvious, isn't it?" continues Emma blithely.†   (source)
  • He had been ordered to come and look after her, and he couldn't just blithely disobey an order.†   (source)
  • Mona was blithely pointing at a red turtle.†   (source)
  • But yell for him to come when he had somewhere else he'd rather be going, and he'd stroll blithely away from you, not even glancing guiltily over his shoulder as he once would have.†   (source)
  • He went on blithely.†   (source)
  • As the crowd shrieked and laughed, the Gryffindor team landed beside the wreckage of wood under which Zacharias was feebly stirring,: Harry heard Ginny saying blithely to an irate Professor McGonagall, "Forgot to brake, Professor, sorry."†   (source)
  • For an English professor, and for any avid reader, having a blithely ignorant (and only recently clued-in) husband narrate the saga of his wife's longtime infidelity is about as good as it gets.†   (source)
  • We must advise you, however, that the formal name of our modest group is the Church of the Final Atonement and the entity whom the world so blithely calls… the Shrike… we refer to … if we take His name at all… as the Lord of Pain or, more commonly, the Avatar.†   (source)
  • Liv says blithely.†   (source)
  • Ser Cleos prattled blithely on.†   (source)
  • I mean, there's Maia to think about, so I probably wouldn't just rip your clothes off blithely anyway, but the thing is, I don't want to.†   (source)
  • She was beginning to realize that her power was perhaps not so different from the powers of Indian fakirs, who stroll across hot coals, run needles into their eyes, or blithely bury themselves for periods up to six weeks.†   (source)
  • The thought of being in that paralyzed, locked-in state had always horrified me, even as I blithely ordered curare (and sedation) for hundreds of patients.†   (source)
  • The Dornishman sounded so blithely confident that Tyrion felt almost reassured, until he turned and said, "Daemon, my spear!"†   (source)
  • Replacing the fences the Yankees had so blithely burned was a long hard task.†   (source)
  • Blanche [singing blithely]: 'Say, it's only a paper moon, Sailing over a cardboard sea — But it wouldn't be make-believe If you believed in me!'†   (source)
  • Lifting out first one article of woman's wear and then another-a corset cover, a petticoat, stockings-she commented blithely on each and quoted its price.†   (source)
  • He grinned blithely.†   (source)
  • She wondered how he could jest so blithely with a rope about his neck and her pitiful circumstances before him.†   (source)
  • It just wasn't believable that he could talk so blithely of leaving her here on this dark road with a woman who might be dying, a new-born infant, a foolish black wench and a frightened child, leaving her to pilot them through miles of battle fields and stragglers and Yankees and fire and God knows what.†   (source)
  • He began to blithely roar at his staff: "We 'll wallop 'im now.†   (source)
  • To-night, however, she was even in a blither mood than usual.†   (source)
  • Anne ran blithely up the hill and into the kitchen, where a hot supper was waiting on the table.†   (source)
  • Half an hour later the two friends were blithely jogging eastward on Hendon's sorry steeds.†   (source)
  • It is uncertain whether the real hurt was to his love for America or to his egotism, that he should have guessed so grotesquely; it is curious that he who had so denounced the machine-made education of the land should yet have been surprised when it turned blithely to the old, old, mechanical mockeries of war.†   (source)
  • She had thrown a shawl about her and, as they went together towards the tram, sprays of her fresh warm breath flew gaily above her cowled head and her shoes tapped blithely on the glassy road.†   (source)
  • And now, this crisp September morning, Anne and Diana were tripping blithely down the Birch Path, two of the happiest little girls in Avonlea.†   (source)
  • The blithesome Phyllis bore her twenty-five summers gayly from the train, but on the platform a ghastly sight met her eyes.†   (source)
  • But one day, when left in the room with Hans Castorp and her patient, who definitely was not asleep, but lying on his back with his eyes open, she blithely remarked, "I never would have dreamed it, either—that I would be nursing one of you gentlemen to the bitter end."†   (source)
  • He said blithely, as Babbitt helped him with his coat, "We must lunch together some time, and talk over the old days."†   (source)
  • O blithely, yes!†   (source)
  • Alone, she stood for a moment before the glass looking at the effect of her silk attire; and then there came into her head her mother's ballad of the mystic robe— That never would become that wife That had once done amiss, which Mrs Durbeyfield had used to sing to her as a child, so blithely and so archly, her foot on the cradle, which she rocked to the tune.†   (source)
  • Down the echoing spaces of the hall the delegates paraded after Willy Lumsen's banner, the men waving their cigars, the women conscious of their new frocks and strings of beads, all singing to the tune of Auld Lang Syne the official City Song, written by Chum Frink: Good old Zenith, Our kin and kith, Wherever we may be, Hats in the ring, We blithely sing Of thy Prosperity.†   (source)
  • He felt much as a man might who had danced blithely out to enjoy a rainbow, and got struck by lightning.†   (source)
  • Mounting to his attic, attended by Mrs Plornish as interpreter, he found Mr Baptist with no furniture but his bed on the ground, a table, and a chair, carving with the aid of a few simple tools, in the blithest way possible.†   (source)
  • So don't shrug your shoulders so blithely, and don't discount something with the feeble excuse that you've never heard of it."†   (source)
  • The least spark would kindle the farmer's swift feelings of rage and jealousy; he would lose his self-mastery as he had this evening; Troy's blitheness might become aggressive; it might take the direction of derision, and Boldwood's anger might then take the direction of revenge.†   (source)
  • Borne to him then the cup was, and therewith friendly bidding In words was put forth; and gold about wounden All blithely they bade him bear; arm-gearings twain, Rail and rings, the most greatest of fashion of neck-rings Of them that on earth I have ever heard tell of: Not one under heaven wrought better was heard of Midst the hoard-gems of heroes, since bore away Hama To the bright burg and brave the neck-gear of the Brisings, The gem and the gem-chest: from the foeman's guile fled he…†   (source)
  • How blithely she sang that evening, and how they all laughed at her because she woke Amy in the night by playing the piano on her face in her sleep.†   (source)
  • "That will I do blithely," replied the Pilgrim, "and without guerdon; my oath, for a time, prohibits me from touching gold."†   (source)
  • The rooks cawed, and blither birds sang; but nothing was so merry or so musical as my own rejoicing heart.†   (source)
  • "If it be within my power, and such as a true Christian knight may yield to one of thy people," replied Ivanhoe, "I will grant thy boon blithely and thankfully."†   (source)
  • There was a long pause, while a blackbird sung blithely on the willow by the river, and the tall grass rustled in the wind.†   (source)
  • Mrs Meagles, the blithest and busiest of mothers, went about singing and cheering everybody; but she, honest soul, had her flights into store rooms, where she would cry until her eyes were red, and would then come out, attributing that appearance to pickled onions and pepper, and singing clearer than ever.†   (source)
  • So Meg went away to 'accept with thanks', look over her dress, and sing blithely as she did up her one real lace frill, while Jo finished her story, her four apples, and had a game of romps with Scrabble.†   (source)
  • But a bird sang blithely on a budding bough, close by, the snowdrops blossomed freshly at the window, and the spring sunshine streamed in like a benediction over the placid face upon the pillow, a face so full of painless peace that those who loved it best smiled through their tears, and thanked God that Beth was well at last.†   (source)
  • Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more,
    Men were deceivers ever,
    One foot in sea and one on shore,
    To one thing constant never.
    Then sigh not so, but let them go,
    And be you blithe and bonny,   (source)
    blithe = carefree and happy
  • Then uprose all the war-band, And unblithe they wended under the Ernes-ness, 3030 All welling of tears, the wonder to look on.†   (source)
    standard prefix: The prefix "un-" in unblithe means not and reverses the meaning of blithe. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.
  • Suchwise sad-moody moaned in sorrow One after all, unblithely bemoaning By day and by night, till the welling of death Touch'd at his heart.†   (source)
    standard prefix: The prefix "un-" in unblithely means not and reverses the meaning of blithely. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.
  • Thereafter at dawning, when day was yet early, The war-craft of Grendel to men grew unhidden, And after his meal was the weeping uphoven, Mickle voice of the morning-tide: there the Prince mighty, The Atheling exceeding good, unblithe he sat, 130 Tholing the heavy woe; thane-sorrow dreed he Since the slot of the loathly wight there they had look'd on, The ghost all accursed.†   (source)
  • They're like elephants, blithely roaming the jungle, occasionally stomping a chipmunk and not even noticing: hot, sexy elephants.†   (source)
  • An Ended Day The soothing sanity and blitheness of completion, The pomp and hurried contest-glare and rush are done; Now triumph! transformation! jubilate!†   (source)
  • …the whistling winds, After the white-gray sails taut to their spars and ropes, Below, a myriad myriad waves hastening, lifting up their necks, Tending in ceaseless flow toward the track of the ship, Waves of the ocean bubbling and gurgling, blithely prying, Waves, undulating waves, liquid, uneven, emulous waves, Toward that whirling current, laughing and buoyant, with curves, Where the great vessel sailing and tacking displaced the surface, Larger and smaller waves in the spread of the…†   (source)
  • Yet let me not be too hasty, Long indeed have we lived, slept, filter'd, become really blended into one; Then if we die we die together, (yes, we'll remain one,) If we go anywhere we'll go together to meet what happens, May-be we'll be better off and blither, and learn something, May-be it is yourself now really ushering me to the true songs, (who knows?†   (source)
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  • But empty, all of them, and all extracting their penalty, impassive, blithe, unconcerned.†   (source)
  • She was one of them, really, blithe and girlish in her manner and her tastes—video games, Harry Potter, the baffling pop music they listened to.†   (source)
  • But he is annoyed with their lack of interest, their blithe ignorance of the arbitrary genetic lottery that has granted them their privileged lives.†   (source)
  • In the year she knew him, before they were married, she discovered a little magic in herself, and for a while felt like a blithe genie released from her lamp.†   (source)
  • "You're awfully …. blithe.†   (source)
  • Mother was a blithe chick nuzzling around the large, solid dark hen.†   (source)
  • As they came up into the May morning he hopped over the ditch and skipped into the long grass as blithe as a squirrel.†   (source)
  • A blithe, gallant figure cantering along the suburban road, out toward the Gap, and the mountains beyond, Gray Stoddard rode into the dip of the ridge and—so far as Cottonville was concerned—vanished utterly.†   (source)
  • Bronzini envied the blithe arrivals of life's late people.†   (source)
  • Mr. Blithe had offered to buy her a Lexus, but she'd refused.†   (source)
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  • "Sorry," she said, sounding almost blithe except her voice still shook slightly.†   (source)
  • Simon's voice had been so blithe, so banal, so completely ordinary.†   (source)
  • The Hornfoot boys walked blithe and barefoot through the snowdrifts.†   (source)
  • Sure," he said, blithe as a new frog.†   (source)
  • An early-morning waitress in New England leads a lonely life, but I soon learned that if I tried to inject life and gaiety into her job with a blithe remark she dropped her eyes and answered "Yep" or "Umph."†   (source)
  • A tall cadaverous man with a nose like a hatchet blade, he was, of all Ida Rebecca's boys, the closest to being a blithe spirit.†   (source)
  • Like submitting to another way to talk, she could answer to his burden now, his whole blithe, smiling, superior, frantic existence.†   (source)
  • (He exits) MORE (Takes off his hat, revealing the gray disordered hair) He will not refuse one who is so blithe to go to him.†   (source)
  • "Well," Jeems continued in blithe ignorance.†   (source)
  • Safiya and Aisha are the same as always: blithe, full of joy, given to bursts of song.†   (source)
  • Casey Blithe walked out of the gawking group of gradeschoolers and came to stand in front of me.†   (source)
  • It was nice that Eric thought he could pick up ladies with such blithe ease, Simon thought, but annoying when it meant he was going to have to take the subway home.†   (source)
  • Unfortunately, Mr. Blithe had lost what generosity he ever possessed after the divorce was finalized.†   (source)
  • Miss Waller (formerly Mrs. Blithe; she went back to her maiden name after the divorce) could have had a much nicer vehicle.†   (source)
  • He was so blithe about his murders her blood chilled.†   (source)
  • The blithe and golden cloud of birds filled the sky.†   (source)
  • Hail to thee, blithe spirit, bird thou never wert.†   (source)
  • Then of his bones the blithe gods made Midgard for sons of men; And of his brain the bitter-mooded Clouds were all created.†   (source)
  • Blithe was the singing of the young girls over their test-tubes, the Predestinators whistled as they worked, and in the Decanting Room what glorious jokes were cracked above the empty bottles!†   (source)
  • Everywhere building was going on, for as she looked down the street, trying to adjust her mind to the new Atlanta, she heard the blithe sound of hammers and saws, noticed scaffoldings rising and saw men climbing ladders with hods of bricks on their shoulders.†   (source)
  • The other three are gifties that Mrs. Campbell and myself would be blithe of your acceptance.†   (source)
  • Down the steps tripped Lady Caroline Sibly-Biers with blithe theatricality.†   (source)
  • "You are looking very blithe, upon my word, Tamsie," said Mrs. Yeobright, with a sad smile.†   (source)
  • In a similar feeling of delicacy, we were always blithe and light-hearted with the licence clients.†   (source)
  • Blithe was the morning of his burial, with bird and song and sweet-smelling flowers.†   (source)
  • Inwardy, too, he was blithe, and consequently chatty to an exceptional degree.†   (source)
  • The air was delightful— pure, dry, clear, sun-drenched, filled with a symphony of blithe wild-flower fragrances.†   (source)
  • He bore himself right gracefully, and all the more so because he was not thinking of how he was doing it, his mind being charmed and occupied with the blithe sights and sounds about him—and besides, nobody can be very ungraceful in nicely-fitting beautiful clothes after he has grown a little used to them—especially if he is for the moment unconscious of them.†   (source)
  • The youth, considering himself as separated from the others, was saddened by the blithe and merry speeches that went from rank to rank.†   (source)
  • If ye thought more of others, ye would perhaps speak less about yourself; and when a friend that likes you very well has passed over an offence without a word, you would be blithe to let it lie, instead of making it a stick to break his back with.†   (source)
  • Wheedling my money from me while I lay half-conscious was scarce better than theft; and yet here he was trudging by my side, without a penny to his name, and by what I could see, quite blithe to sponge upon the money he had driven me to beg.†   (source)
  • CHAPTER XXVIII I GO IN QUEST OF MY INHERITANCE I made what change I could in my appearance; and blithe was I to look in the glass and find the beggarman a thing of the past, and David Balfour come to life again.†   (source)
  • On the present festive occasion he emerged from his room, when the blithe bells were going, the picture of misery, in a full suit of Sunday penitentials.†   (source)
  • Her anger had a good effect, however, for she hid it under a smiling face, and seemed unusually blithe and brilliant.†   (source)
  • Anna-Marie, love, up in the morn, The hunter is winding blithe sounds on his horn, The echo rings merry from rock and from tree, 'tis time to arouse thee, love, Anna-Marie.†   (source)
  • Come—ye shall see a blithe sight.†   (source)
  • At one end of the street stood from two to three hundred blithe and hearty labourers waiting upon Chance—all men of the stamp to whom labour suggests nothing worse than a wrestle with gravitation, and pleasure nothing better than a renunciation of the same.†   (source)
  • Went Wealhtheow forth, The Queen she of Hrothgar, of courtesies mindful, The gold-array'd greeted the grooms in the hall, The free and frank woman the beaker there wended, And first to the East-Dane-folk's fatherland's warder, And bade him be blithe at the drinking of beer, To his people beloved, and lustily took he The feast and the hall-cup, that victory-fam'd King.†   (source)
  • He had been an artisan of famed excellence, and with plenty to do; owned a house and garden; embraced a youthful, daughter-like, loving wife, and three blithe, ruddy children; every Sunday went to a cheerful-looking church, planted in a grove.†   (source)
  • A little while ago this young thing, this child of eighteen years, was as happy a wife and mother as any in England; and her lips were blithe with song, which is the native speech of glad and innocent hearts.†   (source)
  • It might seem no hardship to some of us, but to a pretty, blithe young girl, it was not only tedious, but very trying, and the thought of Laurie and his friends made it a real martyrdom.†   (source)
  • CHAPTER XVIII Away! our journey lies through dell and dingle, Where the blithe fawn trips by its timid mother, Where the broad oak, with intercepting boughs, Chequers the sunbeam in the green-sward alley— Up and away!†   (source)
  • Rested then the wide-hearted; high up the house tower'd Wide-gaping all gold-dight; within slept the guest; 1800 Until the black raven, the blithe-hearted, boded The heavens' joy: then was come thither a-hastening The bright sun o'er the plains, and hastened the scathers, The athelings once more aback to their people All fain to be faring; and far away thence Would the comer high-hearted go visit his keel.†   (source)
  • Away they went fleetly and gracefully, for having practiced at home, they were well matched, and the blithe young couple were a pleasant sight to see, as they twirled merrily round and round, feeling more friendly than ever after their small tiff.†   (source)
  • "Clerk me no Clerks," replied the transformed priest; "by Saint George and the Dragon, I am no longer a shaveling than while my frock is on my back—When I am cased in my green cassock, I will drink, swear, and woo a lass, with any blithe forester in the West Riding."†   (source)
  • And sometimes, when I am excessively hopeful and blithe, a trouble is looming in the distance: so that I often get to look upon gloom in me with content, and to fear a happy mood.†   (source)
  • This eke have I heard say, that he, the fell monster, In his wan-heed recks nothing of weapons of war; Forgo I this therefore (if so be that Hygelac Will still be my man-lord, and he blithe of mood) To bear the sword with me, or bear the broad shield, Yellow-round to the battle; but with naught save the hand-grip With the foe shall I grapple, and grope for the life The loathly with loathly.†   (source)
  • "Ay, noble sir," said Wamba, "and thence goes the proverb— 'Norman saw on English oak, On English neck a Norman yoke; Norman spoon in English dish, And England ruled as Normans wish; Blithe world to England never will be more, Till England's rid of all the four.'†   (source)
  • Then was Sir Marhaus glad and blithe that he should fight with such a gentleman.†   (source)
  • Wearing gold, blithe as a girl, Nastes had gone to war, but gold would not avail the fool to save him from a bloody end.†   (source)
  • …spreads for your bed.
    It's so much nicer for you to ride than go on foot.
    The washing-pools are just too far from town."
    With that
    the bright-eyed goddess sped away to Olympus, where,
    they say, the gods' eternal mansion stands unmoved,
    never rocked by galewinds, never drenched by rains,
    nor do the drifting snows assail it, no, the clear air
    stretches away without a cloud, and a great radiance
    plays across that world where the blithe gods

    live all their days in bliss.†   (source)
  • If only I had that edge
    in fists and brawn over all this courting crowd,
    I'd soon dispatch them—licking their wounds at last—
    clear of our palace where they plot their vicious plots!"
    His outburst sent them all into gales of laughter,
    blithe and oblivious, that dissolved their pique
    against the prince.†   (source)
  • Buck Mulligan at once put on a blithe broadly smiling face.†   (source)
  • A week ago she lay ill, four days on the couch, but today she was free, blithe, mocked at peril.†   (source)
  • A ribald face, sullen as a dean's, Buck Mulligan came forward, then blithe in motley, towards the greeting of their smiles.†   (source)
  • Of that blithe throat of thine from arctic bleak and blank, I'll mind the lesson, solitary bird——let me too welcome chilling drifts, E'en the profoundest chill, as now——a torpid pulse, a brain unnerv'd, Old age land-lock'd within its winter bay——(cold, cold, O cold!)†   (source)
  • I Hear America Singing I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear, Those of mechanics, each one singing his as it should be blithe and strong, The carpenter singing his as he measures his plank or beam, The mason singing his as he makes ready for work, or leaves off work, The boatman singing what belongs to him in his boat, the deckhand singing on the steamboat deck, The shoemaker singing as he sits on his bench, the hatter singing as he stands, The wood-cutter's song, the…†   (source)
  • Of That Blithe Throat of Thine Of that blithe throat of thine from arctic bleak and blank, I'll mind the lesson, solitary bird—let me too welcome chilling drifts, E'en the profoundest chill, as now—a torpid pulse, a brain unnerv'd, Old age land-lock'd within its winter bay—(cold, cold, O cold!†   (source)
  • Of cooks and cook-maids there were over fifty, all clean, brisk, and blithe.†   (source)
  • Then was Sir Marhaus glad and blithe that he should fight with such a gentleman.†   (source)
  • To whom the wily Adder, blithe and glad.†   (source)
  • Thus Eve with countenance blithe her story told; But in her cheek distemper flushing glowed.†   (source)
  • * *gladden Be blithe, although thou ride upon a jade.†   (source)
  • Alas, the bold blithe bards of old That all for joy their music made, For feasts and dancing manifold, That Life might listen and be glad.†   (source)
  • Then sigh not so, But let them go, And be you blithe and bonny, Converting all your sounds of woe Into Hey nonny, nonny.†   (source)
  • *especially *oftentimes* And thus with good hope and with hearte blithe They take their leave, and homeward gan they ride To Thebes-ward, with his old walles wide.†   (source)
  • Thee too I call with golden-snooded hair, Whose name our land doth bear, Bacchus to whom thy Maenads Evoe shout; Come with thy bright torch, rout, Blithe god whom we adore, The god whom gods abhor.†   (source)
  • * *confounded As usage is, let sweep the floor as swithe;* *quickly Pluck up your heartes and be glad and blithe.†   (source)
  • Informed when the king was of the knight, And had conceived in his wit aright The manner and the form of all this thing, Full glad and blithe, this noble doughty king Repaired to his revel as beforn.†   (source)
  • "Madame," quoth he, "ye may be glad and blithe, And thanke God an hundred thousand sithe;* *times My lady queen hath child, withoute doubt, To joy and bliss of all this realm about.†   (source)
  • To Rome is come this holy creature, And findeth there her friendes whole and sound: Now is she scaped all her aventure: And when that she her father hath y-found, Down on her knees falleth she to ground, Weeping for tenderness in hearte blithe She herieth* God an hundred thousand sithe.†   (source)
  • Wherefore I rede,* that cut** among us all *advise **lots We draw, and let see where the cut will fall: And he that hath the cut, with hearte blithe Shall run unto the town, and that full swithe,* *quickly And bring us bread and wine full privily: And two of us shall keepe subtilly This treasure well: and if he will not tarry, When it is night, we will this treasure carry, By one assent, where as us thinketh best.†   (source)
  • Anon to drawen every wight began, And shortly for to tellen as it was, Were it by a venture, or sort*, or cas**, *lot **chance The sooth is this, the cut fell to the Knight, Of which full blithe and glad was every wight; And tell he must his tale as was reason, By forword, and by composition, As ye have heard; what needeth wordes mo'?†   (source)
  • A feast he made unto his lordes all Upon a time, and made them blithe be, And then his officeres gan he call; "Go, bringe forth the vessels," saide he, "Which that my father in his prosperity Out of the temple of Jerusalem reft, And to our highe goddes thanks we Of honour, that our elders* with us left."†   (source)
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