first-mearc
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first-mearc
Take here fyrst-mearc in Dict. , and add: 1. a space of time, an interval, v. first, 1. Firstrnaerc, fristmearc intercapido, Txts. 71, 1108. Firstmearces intercapidinis, Wrt. Voc. ii. 44, 7 : intercapidine, 77, 37. Fyrstmearce capidinae, 23, 73. Þá æfter fyrstmearce bletsode hé eft Marian líchoman. Bl. H. 153, 3. Firstmearc capidinem, Wrt. Voc. ii. 24, 73. Fyrsmearce intercapedinem, An. Ox. 7, 134. Him wǽron gehátene þurh þá swefn lange fyrstmearce þises lífes ei per somnium longa spatia hujus vitae promissa sunt, Gr. D. 339, 26. 2. a respite, v. first, 2. Ðá ongan hé willian fyrstmearce coepit inductae petere, Gr. D. 325, 31. Hé wilnode fyrsþmearce (inducias) . . . hé gewilnode þára fyrstmearca, ac hé þá ná ne onféng, 326, 18-20.
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