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Bourn   /bɔrn/   Listen

An archaic term for a boundary.  Synonym: bourne.
An archaic term for a goal or destination.  Synonym: bourne.

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"Bourn" Quotes from Famous Books

... Esk, about the falling, two hours before day, he crossed Eden beneath Carlisle bridge (the water, through the rain that had fallen, being thick), and came to the Sacery, a plain under the castle. There making a little halt, at the side of a small bourn, which they call Cadage, he caused eighty of the company to light from their horses, and take the ladders, and other instruments which he had prepared, with them. He himself, accompanying them to the foot of the wall, caused the ladders to be set to it, which proving too short, he gave order to use ...
— Minstrelsy of the Scottish border (3rd ed) (1 of 3) • Walter Scott

... daughter of John Bland, the superintendent.' Now Susan Bland is my oldest and best scholar in the Sunday-school; and, when I heard that, I thought I would go as soon as I could to see her. I did go on Monday afternoon, and found her on her way to that 'bourn whence no traveller returns.' After sitting with her some time, I happened to ask her mother, if she thought a little port wine would do her good. She replied that the doctor had recommended it, and that when Mr. W. was last there, he had brought them a bottle of wine and jar of preserves. ...
— The Life of Charlotte Bronte - Volume 1 • Elizabeth Gaskell

... stars were blinking bright, And the old brig's sail unfurl'd; I said, "I will sail to my love this night At the other side of the world." I stepp'd abroad,—we sail'd so fast,— The sun shot up from the bourn; But a dove that perch'd upon the mast Did mourn and mourn and mourn. O fair dove! O fond dove! And dove with the white, white breast, Let me alone, the dream is my own, And my ...
— The Haunted Hour - An Anthology • Various

... one looks back on a perilous journey, in which he has attained his end, without gaining any advantage either to himself or others; and I looked forward, as on a darksome waste, full of repulsive and terrific shapes, pitfalls, and precipices, to which there was no definite bourn, and from which I turned with disgust. With my riches, my unhappiness was increased tenfold; and here, with another great acquisition of property, for which I had pleaed, and which I had gained in a dream, my miseries and difficulties were increasing. ...
— The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner • James Hogg

... pilgrims, and our goal Is that distant land whose bourn Is the haven of the soul; Where the mourners cease to mourn, Where the Saviour's hand will dry Every tear from ...
— Hymns for Christian Devotion - Especially Adapted to the Universalist Denomination • J.G. Adams

... him, we pray, to that blest bourn, Who served Thee truly here below; May he the bliss of Eden know, ...
— The Hymns of Prudentius • Aurelius Clemens Prudentius

... I could make my way to the shore where the apples grow of the harmonious daughters of Hesperus, where the ruler of the ocean no longer permits the passage of the purple sea to mariners, dwelling in that dread bourn of heaven which Atlas doth sustain, and the ambrosial founts stream forth hard by the couches of Jove's palaces, where the divine and life-bestowing earth increases the bliss of the Gods. O white-winged ...
— The Tragedies of Euripides, Volume I. • Euripides

... commonwealth I would by contraries Execute all things; for no kind of traffic Would I admit; no name of magistrate; Letters should not be known; riches, poverty, And use of service, none; contract, succession, Bourn, bound of land, tilth, vineyard, none; No use of metal, corn, or wine, or oil; No occupation; all men idle, all; And women too, but innocent and pure; No sovereignty; All things in common nature should ...
— Bartholomew de Las Casas; his life, apostolate, and writings • Francis Augustus MacNutt

... I that was born on earth For ae day's waesome span: Death bound me fast on the bourn of birth Ere I were ...
— Astrophel and Other Poems - Taken from The Collected Poetical Works of Algernon Charles - Swinburne, Vol. VI • Algernon Charles Swinburne

... only ran off, to return With many other warriors, as we said, Unto that rather somewhat misty bourn, Which Hamlet tells us is a pass of dread. To Jack howe'er this gave but slight concern: His soul (like galvanism upon the dead) Acted upon the living as on wire, And led them back into the ...
— Don Juan • Lord Byron

... Royal party went by road from Paddington to Cambridge, and stayed at the Lodge at Trinity; on the following day Prince Albert was made LL.D. The party then went to Wimpole, and visited Bourn (Lord Delawarr's). At the ball which was given at Wimpole, there was a sofa, covered with a piece of drapery given by Louis XIV. to the poet Prior and by him to Lord Oxford, the owner of Wimpole, before ...
— The Letters of Queen Victoria, Volume 1 (of 3), 1837-1843) • Queen Victoria

... illusions fled, O'er fondly cherish'd hope, now dead, O'er errors of the days of youth, Ere wisdom taught the path of truth. Then hail, ye blossoms of the grave, That o'er the care-worn temples wave— Sent to remind us of "that bourn, Whence traveller can ne'er return;" The harbingers of peace and rest, Where only mortals ...
— The Idler in France • Marguerite Gardiner

Words linked to "Bourn" :   bound, goal, bounds, boundary, end

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