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Rove (verb neuter)

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To Rove. v.n. [roffver, Danish, to range for plunder.] To ramble; to range; to wander.

Thou'st years upon thee, and thou art too full
Of the wars surfeits, to go rove with one
That's yet unbruis'd.
Shakesp. Coriolanus.

Faultless thou dropt from his unerring skill,
With the bare power to sin, since free of will;
Yet charge not with thy guilt his bounteous love,
For who has power to walk, has power to rove.
Arbuth.

If we indulge the frequent rise and roving of passions, we thereby procure an unattentive habit. Watts.

I view'd th' effects of that disastrous flame,
Which kindled by th' imperious queen of love,
Constrain'd me from my native realm to rove.
Pope.

Sources: Arbuthnot, John (227) · Shakespeare's Coriolanus (80) · Pope, Alexander (393) · Watts, Isaac (117)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Rove (verb neuter)." 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=5990.


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