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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Himselvin, pron. Also: himselwyn, -selven, hymselvyn(e, -ven, -wine, -wyn; himselfin, -selfyn, hymeselfine. [ME. hym selven, him selven (c 1250), himselfin (a 1300).] = Himself, in various contexts. 1375 Barb. ii. 552.
Ilk nycht him-selwyn wouk
Ib. xvii. 41.
By him-selvin he Micht nocht of … power be
a1400 Leg. S. vi. 292.
Thi bruthyre has hym-selwine mad Vnworthi
Ib. xviii. 1369.
He … sad hymeselfine to
1391 Lennox Mun. 43.
Gif … throuch auenture him seluin happyn to be to mary
c1420 Wynt. viii. 6085.
Qwhy couth he noucht have … Haldyn … hym-selwyn owt off dawngere?
14.. Quon. Attach. c. 40 in Adv. MS. 25. 4. 15.
[The vassal] takis him selfyn be the top & cumis him [sc. to the lord] man
1480 Misc. Bann. C. II. 168.
Wode … As Hercules, quhen he him selven brent
1513 Doug. iv. Prol. 241.
This fals lust … kan not hym selvyn hyde

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