Sweven

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Sweven A vision seen in sleep; a dream. "I defy both sweven and dream."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sweven A dream.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sweven swē′vn (obs.) a dream
    • v.t., v.i Sweven to sleep, dream
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. swefen, sleep, dream; akin to swebban, swefian, to put to sleep, to kill. √176. See Somnolent

Usage

In literature:

All that heard of the sweven said it was a token of great battle.
"Le Morte D'Arthur, Volume I (of II)" by Thomas Malory
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In poetry:

The swevens came up round Harold the Earl,
Like motes in the sunnes beam;
And over him stood the Weird Lady,
In her charmed castle over the sea,
Sang 'Lie thou still and dream.'
"The Weird Lady" by Charles Kingsley
Mary Mother she stooped from heaven;
She wakened Earl Harold out of his sweven,
To don his harness on;
And over the land and over the sea
He wended abroad to his own countrie,
A weary way to gon.
"The Weird Lady" by Charles Kingsley