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  • Their song sung, their small rite done of turning back the bride-bed and sprinkling it with perfume, they had nothing to do.

    Funeral Games

  • Also, in order to test her mind more surely, he feigned that a woman was about to become his wife, and, as he went up into the bride-bed, gave

    The Danish History, Books I-IX

  • Then, modestly lifting her eyes, she turned her calm gaze upon him; and straightway, the pretended marriage being put away, went up unto the bride-bed to be his wife.

    The Danish History, Books I-IX

  • Then, finally, old Wellington Monroe built a house into the walls for the young wife he was about to marry, but he went to the coffin instead of the bride-bed, and the house stood empty.

    The Sleuth of St. James's Square

  • QUOTATION: I thought thy bride-bed to have deck’d, sweet maid,


  • I thought thy bride-bed to have deck’d, sweet maid,

    Act V. Scene I. Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

  • For the rest, each kept himself going by means of his own earnings; one had sent footwear to the West Indies, and another had made the bride-bed for the burgomaster's daughter; they maintained themselves as a caste and looked down with contempt upon the people.

    Pelle the Conqueror — Volume 02

  • I thought thy bride-bed to have deck’d, sweet maid, 116

    Act V. Scene I

  • And the bride-bed she weaves them, with myrtle enlacing, with curtains of green.

    Brother Copas

  • Already the saffron-strewn bride-bed was spread within the golden wedding-chamber for the bride of Pitane, Cleinareta, and her guardians

    Select Epigrams from the Greek Anthology


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  • (noun) - (1) In Papal times in Britain, it was considered an act of ill-luck for a newly-married couple to retire for the night until the bridal bed had been blessed. --Edwin and Mona Radford's Encyclopædia of Superstitions, 1949 (2) The pride of the clergy and the bigotry of the laity was such that newly-married people were made to wait till midnight after the marriage day before they would pronounce a benediction, unless they were handsomely paid for it, and the couple durst not undress without it, on pain of excommunication. --Francis Blomefield's Topographical History of Norfolk, c. 1752

    February 7, 2018