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Lábyrinth. n.s. [labyrinthus, Latin.] A maze; a place formed with inextricable windings.

                                Suffolk, stay;
Thou may'st not wander in that labyrinth;
There Minotaurs, and ugly treasons lurk.

            Words, which would tear
The tender labyrinth of a maid's soft ear.

          My clamours tear
The ear's soft labyrinth, and cleft the air.
Sandy's Paraph.

The earl of Essex had not proceeded with his accustomed wariness and skill; but run into labyrinths, from whence he could not disentangle himself. Clarendon, b. viii.

My soul is on her journey; do not now
Divert, or lead her back, to lose herself
I' th' maze and winding labyrinth o' th' world.

Sources: Clarendon, Edward (73) · Denham, John (75) · Donne, John (44) · Shakespeare's Henry VI, Part 1 (48) · Sandys, George (23)

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