My wife shuddered at my breath, and I prayed for the sons of my lap.
Gloss within the Lexica project.
Wycliffe volume 2, page 699
My wif agriside my breth; and I preʒede the sones of my wombe.
My wijf wlatide my breeth; and Y preiede the sones of my wombe.
Old English āgrīsan; a related modern form grisly.
Modern senses: to shudder at, to turn away from.
Modern womb is derived from Old English wamb; Old High German wamba, a tender part, lower abdomen as different from the stomach; today: the lap, embrace; Wiktionary.
The Greek myth of Cronus elaborated on the abdomen and vocabulary differences between eating or care.
If her skill was taken for supernatural, the world may never have seen her original handwriting. Feel welcome to Poems by Emily Dickinson prepared for print by Teresa Pelka: thematic stanzas, notes on the Greek and Latin inspiration, the correlative with Webster 1828, and the Aristotelian motif, “Things perpetual — these are not in time, but in eternity”.
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