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- (archaic, poetic) pleasant, delightful
1875, Various, Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. 15,:
- There thrust the bold straightforward horn To battle for that lady lorn; With heartsome voice of mellow scorn, Like any knight in knighthood's morn.
1896, William Wordsworth, The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth, Vol. III:
- The delight, Due to this timely notice, unawares Smote me, and, listening, I in whispers said, "Ye heartsome Choristers, ye and I will be Associates, and, unscared by blustering winds, 30 Will chant together."
1907, Robert Louis Stevenson, Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes:
- The oak rose before me like a pillar of darkness; and overhead the heartsome stars were set in the face of the night.
1912, J.M. Barrie, Tommy and Grizel:
- It was a great hour for him as he wheeled the barrow homeward, Elspeth once more by his side; but he could say nothing heartsome in Tommy's presence, and Tommy was as uncomfortable in his.
1917, Nellie L. McClung, The Next of Kin:
- A rainbow is a heartsome thing, for it reminds us of a promise made long ago, and faithfully kept.