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Kirk. n.s. [cẏꞃc, Saxon; κυριακκὴ.] An old word for a church, yet retained in Scotland.

Home they hasten the posts to dight,
And all the kirk pillars ere day-light,
With hawthorn buds, and sweet eglantine.

Nor is it all the nation hath these spots,
There is a church as well as kirk of Scots.

What one party thought to rivet by the Scots, that the other contemns, despising the kirk government and discipline of the Scots. King Charles.

Sources: Charles I (27) · Cleveland, John (10) · Spenser, Edmund (254)

Attributes: Greek (126) · Noun Substantive (1269) · Saxon (215)

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