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- (obsolete) idleness
- 1834, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Francesca Carrara, volume 3, page 143:
- A maiden was seated apart from her companion, the very flowers scattered neglected by her side; but it was obvious that idlesse—that first sweet symptom of love—was pleasanter than her graceful task; for the colour was rich upon her cheek, and the smile parted her scarce conscious lips.
- 1838, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, “Earth and her Praisers” in The Seraphim, and Other Poems, London: Saunders & Otley, p. 242,
- Next a lover, with a dream
- ’Neath his waking eyelids hidden;
- And a frequent sigh unbidden'
- And an idlesse all the day
- Beside a wandering stream;