Definitions of bourn

  1. an archaic term for a boundary
  2. an archaic term for a goal or destination
  3. A rivulet; a bound; a place toward which one is traveling.
  4. A limit; bound; goal; end.
  5. A burn.
  6. A bound; a limit.
  7. Bounds; limits; confines.

Usage examples for bourn

  1. I turned aside on the left, to view the river Tye, or Ty- bourn which runs from the top of Oxford- street, under May- Fair, across Piccadilly, south- east of Buckingham- House, under the pavement of Stafford- Row, and across Tothill- Fields, into the Thames. – A Morning's Walk from London to Kew by Richard Phillips
  2. The first of us that will depart for that bourn from whence no traveller returns will be interred by the survivor beside our beloved child- there, under that little hillock yonder, which is surmounted by a wooden cross, in front of my humble cottage; and the last of us two to leave this valley of tears will no doubt meet with some charitable Christian hand, to place our mortal remains beside the bodies of those we loved so tenderly during our hapless pilgrimage here below." – Adventures in the Philippine Islands by Paul P. de La Gironière
  3. This range, which runs from Chichester eastward as far as East- Bourn is about sixty miles in length, and is called the South Downs, properly speaking, only round Lewes. – The-Natural-History-of-Selborne by White, Gilbert
  4. He feels sure the friends will arise as never before, and filled with the Holy Spirit, quicken the seeking souls, leading many to the bourn of immortality. – High Endeavours: Messages to Alaska by Shoghi Effendi
  5. Whole tribes and races, gone like last year's snow, Have found the Eternal Hunting- Grounds, and run The fiery gauntlet of their active days, Till few are left to tell the mournful tale: And these inspire us with such wild amaze They seem like spectres passing down a vale Steep'd in uncertain moonlight, on their way Towards some bourn where darkness blinds the day, And night is wrapp'd in mystery profound. – The Ontario Readers: The High School Reader, 1886 by Ministry of Education
  6. It is a flaw In happiness, to see beyond our bourn It forces us in summer skies to mourn, It spoils the singing of the Nightingale. – Letters of John Keats to His Family and Friends by John Keats
  7. He will not cheat himself with unfounded hopes, nor delude himself into belief; he resigns himself with a sigh- it is the undiscovered country, from whose bourn no traveller returns. – The Man Shakespeare by Frank Harris
  8. There making a little halt, at the side of a small bourn which they call Cadage, he caused eighty of the company to light from their horses, and take the ladders, and other instruments which he had prepared, with them. – Minstrelsy of the Scottish border (3rd ed) (1 of 3) by Walter Scott
  9. Was he- the light and joy of her life- about to pass away to that bourn whence no traveller returns? – Mildred's New Daughter by Martha Finley
  10. On wings of faith to elevate the soul Beyond the bourn of earth's benighted pole, For Dwight's high harp the epic Muse sublime Hails her new empire in the western clime. – The Columbiad by Joel Barlow
  11. The crowd was silent; expectation was at the utmost pitch of tension, and Dada's eyes were fixed spell- bound on the obelisk and on the quadrigas that whirled round the bourn – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  12. This majestic vagueness staggered old Crusty at first, but he recovered his equilibrium, and said, Why, yes, now I think of it, you are right; he has travelled farther than most of us, for about two centuries ago he visited that bourn whence no traveller returns. – A Simpleton by Charles Reade
  13. I held commune with those who have gone before me; I dwelt among the monuments of their minds, and made their records familiar to me as friends: I penetrated the womb of nature, and went with the secret elements to their home: I arraigned the stars before me, and learned the method and the mystery of their courses: I asked the tempest its bourn and questioned the winds of their path. – Falkland, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  14. The fact that it was evidently intended for Roden's private eye did not seem to affect one or the other of these two men, who had travelled, with difficulty, along the road to fortune, only reaching their bourn at last with a light stock of scruples and a shattered code of honour. – Roden's Corner by Henry Seton Merriman
  15. There my wanderings night and morn Reconcile me to the bourn – The Poems of William Watson by William Watson
  16. The lad could see it all, as he listened, wishing that he had lived in those stirring days, never dreaming in how little was he of different mould from the stout- hearted pioneers who beat out the path with their moccasined feet; how little less full of danger were his own days to be; how little different had been his own life, and was his our pose now- how little different after all was the bourn to which his own restless feet were bearing him. – The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come by John Fox
  17. Who would fardels bear, To grunt and sweat under a weary life; But that the dread of something after death,- The undiscovered country, from whose bourn No traveller returns,- puzzles the will, And makes us rather bear those ills we have, Than fly to others that we know not of? – The American Union Speaker by John D. Philbrick
  18. The Indian prized this beauteous spot Of old; beneath the embowering shade He reared his rude and simple cot; And round these wild shores where they played In youth, still- pilgrims from the bourn Of far Penobscot's sinuous stream, Aged and bowed, and weary worn- Lingering they love to stray, and dream O'er the proud hopes possessed of yore, When forest, isle and mainland shore, For many a league, owned but their sway; When, on the labyrinthine bay, Now checkered o'er with many a sail, Alone his lightsome birch canoe Fast, by the bright, green islets flew, Nor bark spread canvas to the gale. – The Portland Sketch Book by Various
  19. The former had retired from public life to hide his disgrace and sorrow in almost monkish seclusion; while the latter had, before this, gone to " that undiscovered country from whose bourn no traveller returns." – From Wealth to Poverty by Austin Potter
  20. Instantly we are under the charm we feel in stretches of untrodden snow, in hiding wood- flowers, in disappearing pathways that seem to lead to horizons without bourn – The Simple Life by Charles Wagner