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Sable (adjective)

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Sáble. adj. [Fr.] Black. A word used by heralds and poets.

By this the drooping daylight 'gan to fade,
And yield his room to sad succeeding night,
Who with her sable mantle 'gan to shade
The face of earth, and ways of living wight.
Fairy Queen.

            With him inthron'd
Sat sable vested night, eldest of things,
The consort of his reign.
Milton's Paradise Lost.

They soon begin that tragick play,
And with their smoaky cannons banish day:
Night, horrour, slaughter, with confusion meet,
And in their sable arms embrace the fleet.
Waller.

Adoring first the genius of the place,
And night, and all the stars that gild her sable throne.
Dryd.

Sources: Dryden, John (788) · Milton, John (449) · Spenser, Edmund (254) · Waller, Edmund (63)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Sable (adjective)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: November 12, 2012. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=3331.


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