ADVERBS Something; sometimes; still; than; thenStill used for constantly, in accordance with the derivation of the word, "quiet," "unmoved." It is now used only in the sense of "even now," "even then." The connection between "during all time up to the present" and "even at the present" is natural, and both meanings are easily derived from the radical meaning, "without moving from its place." Comp. the different meanings of dum, donec, ἕως, &c.
“Thou still hast been the author of good tidings.
i.e. "because it was constantly lock'd in steel." And this is the best, though not the most obvious, interpretation of
“But this thy countenance still lock'd in steel
I never saw till now.
It is used as an adjective for constant (though some suggest "silent") in
“But still the house affairs would draw her hence.
This interpretation is corroborated by
“But I of thee will wrest an alphabet,
And by still practice learn to know the meaning.
“But that still use of grief makes wild grief tame,
My tongue should to thy ears not name my boys.