May-dew

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • May-dew the dew of May, esp. that of the morning of the first day of May, which is said to whiten linen, and to enable a face washed with it to keep its beauty
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Quotations

  • Buddha
    Buddha
    “This life of separateness may be compared to a dream, a phantasm, a bubble, a shadow, a drop of dew, a flash of lightning.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. Mai—L. Maius (mensis, a month), sacred to Maia, the mother of Mercury.

Usage

In literature:

To other writers, evening may be the season of dews and stars and radiant clouds.
"The Miscellaneous Writings and Speeches of Lord Macaulay, Vol. 1 (of 4)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
The stars of its winter, the dews of its May!
"The Home Book of Verse, Vol. 4 (of 4)" by Various
One May morning Emelia went into the castle garden to bathe her face in the early dew.
"Young Folks Treasury, Volume 3 (of 12)" by Various
Perhaps this dew may have a healing power such as no earthly fountain holds.
"The Curious Book of Birds" by Abbie Farwell Brown
A bath of May dew was also supposed to strengthen weakly children.
"Miscellanea" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
If I lie by the river in the frost and dew I may perish of the cold.
"The Adventures of Odysseus and The Tales of Troy" by Padriac Colum
Then here's to our boyhood, its gold and its gray, The stars of its winter, the dews of its May.
"Choice Readings for the Home Circle" by Anonymous
Yes, May's aphids produce the white powder instead of honey dew.
"The Insect Folk" by Margaret Warner Morley
Then I washed my face in the dew, the same as we did in Christ-Church Meadow that glorious May-Day in Oxford.
"The Prairie Wife" by Arthur Stringer
If you wash your face in dew before sunrise on May Day, you will become very beautiful.
"Current Superstitions" by Various
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In poetry:

The word that he spoke to the Pilgrim of old
May sound like a tale that has often been told;
But the welcome we speak is as fresh as the dew,--
As the kiss of a lover, that always is new!
"At The Banquet To The Grand Duke Alexis" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Myriad rivers seek the sea,
The sea rejects not any one;
A myriad rays of light may be
Clasped in the compass of one sun;
And myriad grasses, wild and free,
Drink of the dew which faileth none.
"Savoir C'est Pardonner" by Susan Coolidge
Then here's to our boyhood, its gold and its gray!
The stars of its winter, the dews of its May!
And when we have done with our life-lasting toys,
Dear Father, take care of thy children, THE BOYS!
"The Boys" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
The veil for her bridal young Summer is weaving
In her azure-domed hall with its tapestried floor,
And Spring the last tear-drop of May-dew is leaving
On the daisy of Burns and the shamrock of Moore.
"For the Moore Centennial Celebration" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Yet sometimes milder hours she knew,
Nor wanted sun, nor rain, nor dew, Nor pastimes of the May;
--They all were with her in her cell;
And a clear brook with cheerful knell
Did o'er the pebbles play.
"Ruth" by William Wordsworth
This may not be. And yet, oh still
Pour like night dew thy richer speech
Some late-lost youth perchance to reach,
Or unloved girl; and stir and fill
Their passionless cold bosoms
Under red wallflower blossoms!
"The Darksome Nightingale" by John Freeman

In news:

42 PM on May 12, 2011 by Paul Huttner Filed under: Volcanoes, dew point.
Some of you may not believe this, but Mountain Dew was not intended to be consumed for breakfast – that is, until now.
If you've resolved to drink less pop in the new year, this just may help you "dew" it.
Top city PR figure Jonathan Clare has revealed that he has been warned by police that he may have been a victim of phone hacking during his time working at Citigate Dewe Rogerson.
Many truckers won't hit the road without their super-size cups full of Coca-Cola or Mountain Dew , but a new study suggests that habit may be linked to a significantly higher risk of heart attacks.
Bette Dewing is to be applauded for the many years she has tried to right wrongs (Dewing Things Better, "The Right Kind of Light," May 14).
Willow Smith may be shedding her paint filled locks from "Whip My Hair" and dawn a red dew for a remake of Annie.
Dew Tour May Put Message On Water Tower .
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