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- v. Past participle of delve
- v. buried
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- of delve.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A Middle English past participle of delve.
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And in that rock is printed the form of his body, for he smote so strongly and so hard himself in that rock, that all his body was dolven within through the miracle of God.
And in that roche is prented the forme of his body; for he smot so strongly and so harde him self in that roche, that alle his body was dolven with inne, thorghe the myracle of God.
All about them as they lay hung the darkness, hollow and immense, and they were oppressed by the loneliness and vastness of the dolven halls and endlessly branching stairs and passages.
This was a great penance and a token of a great repentance, for there be in the psalm twenty-one verses, and twenty-one times he was dolven.
Also I have dolven in the deep earth, and have brought forth a fountain out of the abysm, and thou sayst I should stop it.
The Egyptians went and dolven pits for water all about by the river, and they found no water to drink but all was blood.
And then they made an oratory behind the altar, and would have dolven for to have laid the body in that oratory, but they could not move it in no manner.
Solomon for this cause made it to be taken up and dolven deep in the ground.
And anon he saw the earth dolven, and a sepulchre made by a lion that came thither.
Tolkien endorses this equation of archaism with beauty, but doesn’t show why it is more desirable to write “dwelt” than “lived”, to describe a sword that “would cleave all earth-dolven iron” or to have people say, “Await me here until haply I return.”
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