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Jáiler. n.s. [from jail.] A gaoler; the keeper of a prison.

Seeking many means to speak with her, and ever kept from it, as well because she shunned it, seeing and disdaining his mind, as because of her jealous jailers. Sidney.

This is as a jailer, to bring forth
Some monstrous malefactor.
Shakes. Ant. and Cleopatra.

His pow'r to hollow caverns is confin'd;
There let him reign, the jailer of the wind;
With hoarse commands his breathing subjects call,
And boast and bluster in his empty hall.
Dryden's Æn.

          Palamon, the pris'ner knight,
Restless for woe, arose before the light;
And with his jailer's leave, desir'd to breathe
An air more wholesome than the damp beneath.

Sources: Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra (57) · Dryden, John (788) · Sidney, Philip (140)

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