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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Comfort, Comfurte, n. Also: comforth, -forde, -fwrt, -fourt. [ME. comfort (14th c.), -forth(e, -ford(e, etc., variants of confort: see Confort n.] Comfort, encouragement.(a) 1375 Barb. ii. 548.
In wemen mekill comfort lyis
Ib. xi. 493.
Thair comfort [E. comford] and thair hardy cher
c1420 Wynt. v. 1117.
The comfort off my care, my sone, Agayne the lauche to dede is done
c1420 Ratis R. 578.
Gud hop lestis rycht to the ded, With hir comfort and hir gud red
c1475 Wall. v. 4.
Till banyst men that is no gret comfort
Ib. viii. 1001.
All the ost off comforde was the blythar
a1500 Seven S. 166.
He bad thaim be of comfort gud
1513 Doug. ii. iii. 35.
The Grekis trast and comfort … On Pallas help stude haill
c1550 Lynd. Meldrum 1542.
He … curit thair sairis with greit comfort
1570 Leslie 148.
To the great … comforth of the haill pepill
(b) c1420 Wynt. viii. 2592.
The Scottis men Tuk gret comfwrt to them then
Ib. 4304.
Quham in ras fyrst recoueryng Off comfowrt
1461 Liber Plusc. 388.
Tak gud comfurte, and leife in hop of grace

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