from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- An obsolete form of harden.
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And whan thei of the contree herden it, thei senten messangeres to him with lettres, that seyden thus: What may ben y now to that man, to whom alle the world is insuffisant: thou schalt fynde no thing in us, that may cause the to warren azenst us: for wee have no ricchesse, ne none wee coveyten: and alle the godes of our contree ben in comoun.
He was 'we' in spite of shirt-sleeves and ink-smeared apron of herden.
:: And alle men that herden wondriden, and of these thingis that weren seid to hem of the scheephirdis.