American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adv. Archaic Soon afterward; presently.
- adv. Archaic Once again.
- From eft (“again, after”) + soon + -s (“adverb suffix”) – both senses (“soon after”, “again”) derive from senses of eft, which is related to after. (Wiktionary)
- From Middle English eftsone, from Old English eftsōna : eft, again; see apo- in Indo-European roots + sōna, soon. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Whereat she was little dismayed, but charged them, upon danger of their lives, to row her over to the shore, which they nothing regarded, but eftsoons rowed her back again, promising her it should be secreted, and especially from the lord of the house, under whose guard she lyeth.”
“Italy, as a traveller observes, if a man have three or four daughters, or more, and they prove fair, they are married eftsoons: if deformed, they change their lovely names of Lucia, Cynthia,”
“Jupiter eftsoons coming by, put life to it, but Cura and Jupiter could not agree what name to give him, or who should own him; the matter was referred to Saturn as judge; he gave this arbitrement: his name shall be Homo ab humo, Cura eum possideat quamdiu vivat, Care shall have him whilst he lives, Jupiter his soul, and Tellus his body when he dies.”
“Leucothoe, till he came in presence of Milaene, she was the commandress of his heart, till he saw Galatea: but (as  she complains) he loved another eftsoons, another, and another.”
“Ut non sit inde enatandi copia, no halcyonian times, wherein a man can hold himself secure, or agree with his present estate; but as Boethius infers,  there is something in every one of us which before trial we seek, and having tried abhor:  we earnestly wish, and eagerly covet, and are eftsoons weary of it.”
“And as in like case a good fellow that had but a peck of corn weekly to grind, yet would needs build a new mill for it, found his error eftsoons, for either he must let his mill lie waste, pull it quite down, or let others grind at it.”
“Well POGO, GEO and Dr Haymet, we could give you one of those gains right speedy or eftsoons.”
“In any case, do not complain, “It is gross folly, and a vile Sign of a wayward and forward disposition, to be eftsoons complaining of this, or that, to small purpose”.”
“And when they have eaten, the monk smiteth eftsoons on the garden gate with the clicket, and then anon all the beasts return again to their places that they come from.”
“Which hearing young Stephen was a marvellous glad man and he averred that he who stealeth from the poor lendeth to the Lord for he was of a wild manner when he was drunken and that he was now in that taking it appeared eftsoons.”
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