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neeld ( “needle,” Cambridge ), a needle, RICHARD II., v. 5. 17; PERICLES, iv. Gower, 23; v. Gower, 5; THE RAPE OF LUCRECE, 319; “neelds” A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, iii. 2. 204 ( “needles,” Cambridge ); KING JOHN, v. 2. 157. (This contracted form is common enough in our early poets; e.g.
“for thee fit weapons weare [that is, were]
Thy neeld and spindle, not a sword and speare.”
Fairfax's Tasso's Gerusalemme, B. xx. 95. ) We also find “nylde;”
“Without sweard and buckler, without speare or shylde,
With an houndred poundes, as safe as with a nylde.”
O maruelous tydynges, etc.—Seventy-nine Black-letter
etc., 1867, p. 211.

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