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  • We can only assume that, given the hour, Head Censor Forsyth was still a-bed and that your post slipped through.

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  • They are not like "the lord" the hind "wishes" to be in the opening poem who has ample leisure time to "lie a-bed," and Baillie implies with her very positive rendering of the hard-working hind that this lazy, lordly status is not that desirable.

    '[S]hak[ing] the dwellings of the great': Liberation in Joanna Baillie’s Poems (1790)

  • The action in both movies basically unfolds between midnight and 5 A.M., when decent folk should be a-bed.

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  • After this talk Brynhild lay a-bed, and tidings were brought to King

    The Story of the Volsungs

  • And when the morrow dawned, the King returned with his suite from hunting and sat awhile in his chair of estate; after which he sent the Emirs about their business and went up to his palace, where he found his two wives lying a-bed and both exceeding sick and weak.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • It was amazing; while I lay a-bed I had the lines a-roaring through my head like locusts on the wing.

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  • We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; For he to-day that sheds his blood with me, Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile, This day shall gentle his condition: And gentlemen in England, now a-bed Shall think themselves accursed they were not here, And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks, That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day...

    Henry V and St Crispins Day

  • Now it was hard to find the right time to speak, for in the mornings he was a-bed, and in the evenings over his bottle, where no gentleman chooses to be disturbed.

    Castle Rackrent

  • I was a-bed, and I thought my head would come off with the aching.

    The Virginians

  • Pray, Mrs. Jewkes, said he, take great care of her health! and let her be a-bed all day.

    Pamela

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  • "And gentlemen in England now-a-bed

    Shall think themselves accurs'd they were not here,

    And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks

    That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day."

    Crispin's Day speech in Shakespeare's Henry V

    January 16, 2010