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00:41 Oct 29, 2004
English to English translations [PRO]
Art/Literary - Poetry & Literature / middle english
English term or phrase: contemne
Harke you shadows that in darcknesse dwell
Learne to contemne light

From "Flow my teares" Dowland 1600
Swaiyam
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English translation:See explanation below...
Explanation:
Well, NS OED has this to say:

contemn v.t.
Now chiefly literary.LME.
[OFr. contemner or L contemnere, f. as CON- + temnere despise.]

Treat as of small value, view with contempt; disregard; despise, scorn.

contemner, -or n. E16.

contemningly adv. (now rare) in a contemning or scornful manner L15.

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Note added at 17 mins (2004-10-29 00:58:46 GMT)
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shadows = shades = dead spirits

Hark, you spirits that dwell in Hell
Learn to be contemptuous of light...
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Tony M
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Explanation:
Well, NS OED has this to say:

contemn v.t.
Now chiefly literary.LME.
[OFr. contemner or L contemnere, f. as CON- + temnere despise.]

Treat as of small value, view with contempt; disregard; despise, scorn.

contemner, -or n. E16.

contemningly adv. (now rare) in a contemning or scornful manner L15.

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Note added at 17 mins (2004-10-29 00:58:46 GMT)
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shadows = shades = dead spirits

Hark, you spirits that dwell in Hell
Learn to be contemptuous of light...

Tony M
France
Local time: 06:29
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PRO pts in category: 256

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Ramesh Madhavan
58 mins
  -> Thanks, Ramesh!

agree  FionaT
6 hrs
  -> Thanks, Fiona!

agree  Derek Gill Franßen: Does "condemn" derive from this as well? It seems to have a similar meaning. I don't have OED. :-) // Thank a lot for looking! :-)
7 hrs
  -> Thanks, Derek! Interesting point, but seemingly not: "OFr. condem(p)ner (mod. condamner) f. L condem(p)nare, f. as CON- + DAMN v."

agree  Refugio
15 hrs
  -> Thanks, Ruth!
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