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- daunyng (15th - 16th centuries)
dawning (plural dawnings)
- (now chiefly poetic) Dawn.
- 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, chapter IX, in Le Morte Darthur, book II:
- Anone after cam the knyght with the two swerdes and balan his broder / and brought with hem kynge Ryons of Northwalys and there delyuerd hym to the porters and charged hem with hym / & soo they two retorned ageyne in the daunyng of the day […]
- 1824, James Hogg, The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner, Oxford 2010, p. 32:
- […] he arose to make an excursion to the top of Arthur's Seat, to breathe the breeze of the dawning, and see the sun arise out of the eastern ocean.
- 1874, James Thomson, The City of Dreadful Night
- never there / Can come the lucid morning's fragrant breath / After the dewy dawning's cold grey air
- 1906, Alfred Noyes, The Highwayman:
- He did not come in the dawning; he did not come at noon;
- And out o' the tawny sunset, before the rise o' the moon,
- When the road was a gypsy's ribbon, looping the purple moor,
- A red-coat troop came marching—
- King George's men came marching, up to the old inn-door.
- The first beginnings of something.