• WordNet 3.6
    • v burthen weight down with a load
    • n burthen a variant of `burden'
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n. & v. t Burthen See Burden.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • burthen Older form of burden.
    • n burthen Older form of burden.
    • n burthen An erroneous form of burden, by confusion with burden and burden.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n., v.t Burthen bur′thn For Burden.
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  • William Wordsworth
    “That blessed mood in which the burthen of the mystery, in which the heavy and the weary weight of all this unintelligible world is lightened.”


In literature:

Bear then this great overwhelming woe for his sake, out of love to him; for it is all love, whatsoever burthen he may cast upon you.
"The Old Man of the Mountain, The Lovecharm and Pietro of Abano" by Ludwig Tieck
In wheeling barrows coolies perform the work of beasts of burthen.
"Life and sport in China" by Oliver G. Ready
Men burthened with great sorrows know them to be incommunicable.
"A Sheaf of Corn" by Mary E. Mann
He, having no further object to gain, determined to be burthened with her no more.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 62, Number 385. November, 1847." by Various
In the terror it inspired, I regretted having burthened myself with the girl I had sworn to save.
"The Crack of Doom" by Robert Cromie
Under this burthen the poor animal has to travel two days and a half.
"Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests" by J. J. von Tschudi
They have water sufficient for vessels of four hundred tons burthen.
"First History of New Brunswick" by Peter Fisher
He cut a faggot and slung it on a stout staff, cast it over his shoulder, and began to trudge home with his burthen.
"Moon Lore" by Timothy Harley
It is clear the people were forbidden to carry burthens on the Sabbath day, as in Jer.
"The Seventh Day Sabbath, a Perpetual Sign" by Joseph Bates
Years passed; and he was forced to support the burthen of a life in which his mind was unoccupied and his heart devoid of energy.
"Sentimental Education, Volume II" by Gustave Flaubert

In poetry:

O Everlasting Rest,
Lift off life's load of care;
Relieve, revive this burthened breast,
And every sorrow bear.
"O Everlasting Light" by Horatius Bonar
Come ye heavy states of night,
Do my father's spirit right,
Soundings baleful let me borrow,
Burthening my song with sorrow.
Come sorrow come her eyes that sings,
By thee are turned into springs.
"Come Ye Heavy States Of Night" by John Dowland
And when long I the burthen of life shall have borne,
And Death with his sickle shall cut the ripe corn,
Resign'd to my fate, without murmur or sigh,
I'll bless the kind summons, and lie down and die.
"The Search After Happiness. A Pastoral Drama" by Hannah More
She ran with wild speed, she rush'd in at the door,
She gazed horribly eager around,
Then her limbs could support their faint burthen no more,
And exhausted and breathless she sunk on the floor
Unable to utter a sound.
"Mary - A Ballad" by Robert Southey
O, later called to labour, shall we who toiled at morn
Remember, as against you, the heat and burthen borne?
No, verily, we shall not!—We pray the labourer’s Lord
May give you after-comers a full day’s full reward.
"Nearing Port" by Mary Hannay Foott
Why wouldst thou, then, that something seek
To hide within thy breast,—nor speak,
Its load of doubt, of grief, or fear,
Of joy, or sorrow, to mine ear,—
Assured this heart would gladly bear
A burthen borne by thine, Love?
"Love's Challenge" by Thomas Cooper