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Middle English
Whan Zephirus eek with his sweete breeth
Pronunciation
Whan Zéphirús éek wíth his swéete bréeth
Modern English
When the West Wind also with its sweet breath,

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Definitions: Zephirus (Zephyr, the west wind; Zephyrus, the Greek god of the
west wind), eek (also), his (his/its) sweete (sweet, pleasing; dear), breeth (breath)



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Middle English
Inspired hath in every holt and heeth
Pronunciation
Inspíred háth in év(e)ry hólt and héeth
Modern English
In every holt and heath, has breathed life into

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Definitions: Inspired (induce; blow into), hath (has), holt (woodland, grove),
heeth (heth, open uncultivated land)



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