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qms commented on the word uhtceare
January 19, 2016
Despite the comment of 02/10/2013 below, I think this word is better understood as a noun. It’s only appearance in print is in the Old English poem “The Wife’s Lament” where it is glossed with the following note: Line 7b'uhtceare' - The period just before dawn, a time when the Anglo-Saxon imagination felt grief was particularly potent. Klinck finds 'an element of sexual deprivation'.http://www.english.ox.ac.uk/oecoursepack/wifeslament/notes/note07b.html
A word was spoke by folk long deadThat names the fears of a care-tossed bed.It tells of terrors spunWhile awaiting the sun,Wound in the folds of fierce dawn-dread.
March 7, 2014
the_maori commented on the word uhtceare
v. An Old English word meaning 'to lie awake before dawn and worry'
February 10, 2013
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