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Yesterday (noun)

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Ye'sterday. n.s. [ᵹıꞅꞇanꝺæᵹ, Saxon.] The day last past; the day next before to-day.

To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death.
Shakes. Macbeth.

We are but of yesterday, and know nothing, because our days upon earth are a shadow. Job viii. 9.

You are both fluid, chang'd since yesterday;
Next day repairs but ill last day's decay;
Nor are, although the river keep the name,
Yesterday's waters and to-days the same.
Donne.

If yesterday could be recall'd again,
Ev'n now would I conclude my happy reign.
Dryden.

Yesterday was set apart as a day of publick thanksgiving for the late extraordinary successes. Addison.

Mrs. Simper sends complaint in your yesterday's Spectator. Addison's Spectator.

        Naked from the womb
We yesterday came forth; and in the tomb
Naked again we must to-morrow lie:
Born to lament, to labour, and to die.
Prior.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Donne, John (44) · Dryden, John (788) · The Bible - Job (27) · Shakespeare's Macbeth (136) · Prior, Matthew (162) · Spectator (140)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269) · Saxon (215)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Yesterday (noun)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: February 16, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=5777.


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