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Pelf. n.s. [In low Latin, pelfra, not known whence derived; peuffe, in Norman, is frippery.] Money; riches.

The thought of this doth pass all worldly pelf. Sidney.

                            Hardy elf,
Thou darest view my direful countenance,
I read thee rash and heedless of thyself,
To trouble my still seat and heaps of precious pelf.
Fairy Queen.

Immortal gods, I crave no pelf;
I pray for no man by myself.
Shakespeare.

He call'd his money in;
But the prevailing love of pelf
Soon split him on the former shelf:
He put it out again.
Dryden's Horace.

To the poor if he refus'd his pelf,
He us'd them full as kindly as himself.
Swift.

Sources: Dryden, John (788) · Sidney, Philip (140) · Spenser, Edmund (254) · Swift, Jonathan (306) · Shakespeare's Timon of Athens (32)

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