from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Bright in appearance, shining.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Bright; clear; luminous; brilliant.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Very bright; brilliant.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
But "brightsome" is a word ( "Bright; clear; luminous; brilliant" according to Webster's), and many versions of the lyrics to "East Virginia" have a similar line beginning "Her hair was of some brightsome color" (eg Alan Lomax's collection).
But to come back to Lorna again (which I always longed to do, and must long for ever), all the change between night and day, all the shifts of cloud and sun, all the difference between black death and brightsome liveliness, scarcely may suggest or equal
Sandwich, being the second houre of that daie, whilest the sunne shone verie bright and cleare, there appeared a most brightsome and vnaccustomed clearnesse, not farre distant from the sunne, as it were to the length and breadth of a mans personage, hauing a red shining brightnesse withall, like to the rainbow, which strange sight when manie beheld, there were that prognosticated the king alreadie to be arriued.
(A FRAGMENT) "This is a brightsome blaze you've lit good friend, to-night!"
But to come back to Lorna again (which I always longed to do, and must long for ever), all the change between night and day, all the shifts of cloud and sun, all the difference between black death and brightsome liveliness, scarcely may suggest or equal Lorna's transformation.
Pardon me for saying, but it does seem convenient that the prophecies change expediently; for example receiving a new revelation on polygamy in order for Utah to gain statehood and a new revelation on racial integration at a time when the church was being rightfully attacked on its "whitesome and brightsome" doctrine.