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Ey'esight. n.s. [eye and sight.] Sight of the eye.

The Lord hath recompensed me according to my cleanness in his eyesight. 2 Sam. xxii. 22.

                I have an ill-divining soul:
Methinks I see thee, now thou art below,
As one dead in the bottom of a tomb;
Either my eyesight fails, or thou look'st pale.

                        I love you, sir,
Dearer than eyesight, space and liberty,
Beyond what can be valued, rich or rare.
Shakes. K. Lear.

                    Though sight be lost,
Life yet hath many solaces, enjoy'd
Where other senses want not their delights,
At home in leisure and domestick ease,
Exempt from many a care and chance, to which
Eyesight exposes daily men abroad.
Milton's Agonistes.

Josephus sets this down from his own eyesight, being himself a chief captain at the siege of Jopata, where these events happened. Wilkin's Math. Magic.

He blinds the wise, gives eyesight to the blind,
And molds and stamps anew the lover's mind.

Sources: The Bible - 2. Samuel (10) · Dryden, John (788) · Shakespeare's King Lear (144) · Milton, John (449) · Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (46) · Wilkins, John (32)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269)

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