Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- See messin.
“Ralph has a bloody coxcomb, by a blow from a messan-page whom nobody knew — Dick Seyton of Windygowl is run through the arm, and two gallants of the Leslies have suffered phlebotomy.”
“Yes, I met him sneaking through the lanes and bye passages with a common minstrel wench, with her messan and her viol on his one arm and her buxom self hanging upon the other.”
“You would not consent to put forth your fathers poor dog, and would you use me waur than a messan?”
“It was not, indeed, expected at that time, that Highlanders would attack cavalry in an open plain, though late events have shown that they may do so with success. supper a messan-dog --- sic awsome language as that I ne'er heard out o 'a human thrapple; --- and, unless the deil wad rise amang them to gie them a lesson, I thinkna that their talent at cursing could be amended.”
“I spoke to my master, and said that we must strive to buy her a new ape, or a little messan dog, to be her playfellow.”
“Tower, and St. Peter's in the Fetters to pray in, which was what he heeded most; also he had a messan dog, and a tame bird.”
“Mother Dolly, though she persisted that snow was nothing to her, and it was a fine jest to be out of the reach of the Sisters, who mewed her up in a cell, like a messan dog.”
“He gave a charge on his lands to a goldsmith at York to pay for my up-bringing, and I verily believe thought no more of me than if I had been a messan dog.”
“Petronelle, who takes such care of me that she dogs my footsteps like a messan. ”
“You would not consent to put forth your father's poor dog, and would you use me waur than a messan?”
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