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Thursday, December 4, 2008

welkin: the apparent surface of the imaginary sphere on which celestial bodies appear to be projected



Hark, how all the welkin rings,
'Glory to the King of kings'

Peace on Earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled.
—Charles Wesley (1707-88)


On the welkne shoon the sterres lyght. --Chaucer.

The fair welkin foully overcast. --Spenser.

When storms the welkin rend. --Wordsworth.

Note: Used adjectively by Shakespeare in the phase, "Your welkin eye," with uncertain meaning.

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