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Ey'elid. n.s. [eye and lid.] The membrane that shuts over the eye.

Therewith her dim eyelids she up 'gan rear,
On which the dreary death did sit, as sad
As lump of lead, and made dark clouds appear.
Fai. Queen.

Mark when she smiles with amiable chear,
And tell me whereto can ye liken it!
When on each eyelid sweetly do appear
An hundred graces as in shade to sit.
Spenser's Sonnets.

On my eyelids is the shadow of death. Job xvi. 16.

Fetch me that flower; the herb I shew'd thee once;
The juice of it, on sleeping eyelids laid,
Will make or man or woman madly doat
Upon the next live creature that it sees.

The Turks have a black powder, made of a mineral called alcohol, which with a fine long black pencil they lay under their eyelids, which doth colour black, whereby the white of the eye is set off more white. Bacon's Natural History.

At length, the crackling noise and dreadful blaze
Call'd up some waking lover to the sight;
And long it was ere he the rest could raise,
Whose heavy eyelids yet were full of night.

Sources: Bacon, Francis (396) · Dryden, John (788) · The Bible - Job (27) · Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream (28) · Spenser, Edmund (254)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269)

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