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- The state or condition of being blessed, holy.
- c. 1595–1596, William Shakespeare, A Midsommer Nights Dreame. As it Hath Beene Sundry Times Publikely Acted, by the Right Honourable, the Lord Chamberlaine his Seruants, [London]: Printed by Iames Roberts, published 1600, OCLC 35186948, [Act I, scene i]:
- Thrice bleſſed they that maſter ſo their blood / To vndergo ſuch maiden pilgrimage, / But earthlier happy is the Roſe diſtild / Than that which, withering on the virgin thorne, / Growes, liues, and dies, in ſingle bleſſedneſſe.