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Lecherous, adj. provoking lechery, 12483.
out lying, truly.
lefe, 1839, though it be unpleasing to him or plea-
small value, 16263; R. 4830.
compositions, and serving either to recommend them to the attention of some particular person or to enforce what we call the moral of them. The six last stanzas of TheClerkes Tale are in many mss.entitled L'envoy de Chaucer à les mariz de notre temps. See also the lanzas at the end of 'The Complaint of
the Black Knight, and of Chaucer's Dreme. Leon, n. Lat. a lion, 1600. Leonine, adj. belonging to a lion, 14564. Leopart, kepard, n. Fr. a leopard, 2188, 14267. Leos, n. Gr. people, 15571, 4. Lepande, part. pr. of lepe, v. Sax. leaping, R. 1928. Lepe, lep, for lepeth, 3d pers. sing. 4226, 10285.
for leped, pa. t. 2689; C. D. 2164. Lepe, pr. n. a town in Spain, 12504. Lere, lerne, v. Sax. to learn, 10002, 13466-to teach,
16312--Lered, pa. t. & part, 577, 13449. Lere, n. Sax. the skin, 13786. See the note. Life, n. Fr. as lees; in lustie lese, T. ii. 752, in love's
leash. Lese, adj. Sax. as lees, R. 8, 5093. Life, v. Sax. to lose, 11672, 4. Lefeib, 2d pers. pl. imp. m. 4439, lose ye. Lesing, n. Sax. a lie, a falsity, 15947; R. 4508. Lesinges, pl. 12525. Lejl, lift, luft, n. Sax. pleasure, 132, 192,6215, 11124. Lefte, lifte, lufte, v. to please; it is generally used as an
impersonal in the third person only, for it pleaseth or it pleafed: him lufte to ride fo, 102, it plealed him t. r. f.; wel to drinke us lejte, 752, it pleased us well
if you left,830,ifit please you; me lifi not play, 3865, it pleaseth me not to play. Lejle, adj. Sax. superl. d. leaft, 2200, at the lefte way,
'1123, at the lefte, 5432, at leak. Lefte, for laji, T. ii. 1330.
Let, v. Sax. to leave, to omit, 1319; to leave, to per
mit, 1325; let thy japes be, 5824; let the Sompnour be, 6871—to cause, 2978, 5377-to hinder,
T. iii. 726. Lete, pr, n. the river Lethe, F. i. 71. Letgame, n. Sax. a hinderer of pleasure, T. iii. 528. Leite, n. delay, hinderance, 8176. Lettowe, pr. n. Lithuania, 54. Lettred, adj. Fr. learned, R. 7691. Lettrure, letterure, n. Fr. literature, 14414, 16314. Lettuarie, n. Fr. an electuary, 428, 9683. Leve, v. for live, 7114, Leve, n. Sax. desire, inclination, 13952. Leve, adj. dear, 3131, See Lefe. Leve, v. Sax. to believe, 10079-Levet), imp. m. 2d
pers. pl. 3090; leveth me, believe me: in R. 3519, leveth is misprinted for lefeth;
He lefeih more than ye may doe. So this verse fhould be written; Plus y pert-il que vous ne faictes.
Orig. In T. iii. 56, leve is misprinted for lene, and also in
T. ii. 1212, and T. y. 1749. Leveles, adj, Sax. without leave, C. D. 74. Leven, n. Sax. lightning, $858. Lever, comp. d. of leje, more agreeable; it were me
lever, 19995; I hadde lever, 10037; hire hadde le
ver, 5447. See also ver. 16844, 16972. Levefell. See the n. on ver. 4059, though I am hy no
means fatisfied with the explanation there given of this word, the interpretation of it in the Prompt. Pary. will not help us much; “ Levecel beforn a “ windowe or other place, umbraculum.” My conjecture with respect to the origin of the proverb Good wine needs no buse, is certainly wrong; that refers to a very old practice of hanging up a bush or bough
where wine is to be sold; the Italians have the same
proverb, Al buono vino non bisogna frasca, Lewed, lerude, adj. Sax. ignorant, unlearned, 6928,
12370_lascivious, 10023. Leye, v. Sax. as legge, to lay, R.4143--to lay a wager,
16064. Leyes, pr. n. I.ayas in Armenia, 58. See the n. on ver.
51. Leyte, n. Sax. flame, P. 258. See Leite. Liard, pr. n. belonged originally to a horse of a gray
colour. See the n, on ver. 7145. Licenciat, n. Lat. 220, seems to signify that he was li
censed by the Pope to hear confessions, &c. in all places, independently of the local ordinaries. See
R. 636446472. Liche-wake. See the n. on ver. 2960. Lide, pr. n. Lydia, 1464.5. Lieges, n. pl. Fr. subjects, 7943. Lien, pr. t. pl. of lie or ligge, 16247. Lien, part. pa. of lie or ligge, lain, P. 265, 275. Lies, n. pl. Fr. lees of wine, &c. F. iii. 1040. Lieth, R. 4143, is misprinted for leyeth. Lifly, adv. Sax. like the life, 2089. Ligeance, n. Fr. allegiance, 5315. Ligge, lie, v. neut. Sax. to lie down, 2207, 13839. Ligging, part. pr. lying, 1013. Light, v. Sax. to enlighten, 15539, 13401-to nake
light or pleasant, 10716v. neut. to defcend, to
alight, 5524, 10483. Ligne, n. Fr. lineage, lineal descent, T. v. 1480; li
gine, C.D. 1517, should probably be lignee, to rhyme
to compagnee. Ligne alocs, T. iv. 1137, lignum aloes, a very bitter
drug. Like, liken, v. Sax. to compart, 5951, 3, 5:
Like, v. Sax. to pleafe, 8382;'T. i. 432; if you likeib,
779, if it pleaseth you; it likett hem, 5679, it plea
feth them. Literous, adj. Sax. gluttonous, 12473 lascivious, 1
strict, 209, 253, 4: Limmes, n. pl. Sax. limbs, P. 147. Linage, n. Fr. family, 4270; R. 238. Linde, n. Sax. the limetree, 9087; R. 1385. Lille, n. Sax. remiffion, abatement, 11550. Lille, v. neut. Sax. to grow easy, R. 3758, 4128. Lijsed, part. pa. of lifle, v. Sax. eafed, relieved, 11482. Lije, v. See Lefte. Lijieneth, imp. m. 2d perf. pl. of liften, v. Sax. hearka
en ye, 13642. Lifes, n.pl, Fr. lists, a place enclosed for combats, i.
See the . on ver. 1715. Litarge, n. Fr. whitelead, 16243. Lite, adj, Sax, little, 1195; P. 220. Litb, n. Sax, a limb, 14881. Litb, for lictb, 3653, 10349. Eithe, adj. Sax, foft, flexible, Du.953; F. i. 119. Lithe, v. Sax. to foften, T. iv. 754. Litber, adj. Sax. wicked, C. N. 14; (in the editt. it
is litby,) luther and quede, R. G. 414. See Quade.