Definitions of e'en

  1. even
  2. A contraction for even. See Even.
  3. A short form of even.
  4. A short form of evening.

Usage examples for e'en

  1. Every man hath desired to drink the king's health, and so I have e'en been kept busy drawing ale. – The Coming of the King by James Hocking
  2. Aweel, ye maun e'en gang yer gates. – Ulysses by James Joyce
  3. A warming pan and a foot stove, just as it was brought home from a merry sleigh- ride, or a solemn hour at the " meetin'- house," recalling that line of Thomas Gray's: E'en in our ashes live their wonted fires. – Adopting An Abandoned Farm by Kate Sanborn
  4. Hath not a Saviour's dying hour Made e'en the yoke of thraldom light? – The Freedmen's Book by Lydia Maria Child
  5. For them who serve the Campeador the swords e'en so will do. – The Lay of the Cid by R. Selden Rose and Leonard Bacon
  6. For, be the duty high as angels' flight, Fulfill it, and a higher will arise E'en from its ashes. – Poems with Power to Strengthen the Soul by Various
  7. I've watched thee in all of thy wanderings, E'en when thy homestead of clay fell; I list for thy knock at our portals, Heard thee faintly ask, " Is all well?" – Poems A Message of Hope by Mary Alice Walton
  8. " She is mine now," thought I, " so we must e'en make the best of it; and truly she is a very handsome girl, though not a Lady Jane Callonby. – The Confessions of Harry Lorrequer, Complete by Charles James Lever (1806-1872)
  9. But since I have spoiled her myself, I must e'en put up with it. – A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia by Amanda Minnie Douglas
  10. E'en to the death, love. – The Panchronicon by Harold Steele Mackaye
  11. Is it that the days of cheap travel and specially conducted tours, when ten or fifteen guineas will take one to the Swiss or Italian lakes, or e'en to Rome and Florence, has caused this apparent neglect of the country lying between? – The Cathedrals of Northern France by Francis Miltoun
  12. And e'en the proud old mountain bows his head Shaggy with hemlocks, and appears well pleased To view so grand a form reflected there. – Canadian Wild Flowers by Helen M. Johnson
  13. E'en when I was dressed, had either of them spoke, instead of glancing sideways with still head! – Browning and the Dramatic Monologue by S. S. Curry
  14. Hear Thou our prayer; E'en though a heavy cross Fainting we bear. – The Story of Our Hymns by Ernest Edwin Ryden
  15. Now when they had gone but a quarter of an hour, the squire caught up with Arthur, and spake to him softly, and said: The voice of the swords has been silent now a while, and I heard a voice crying out e'en now, a woman's voice. – The Water of the Wondrous Isles by William Morris
  16. Fall'n e'en below the rights to woman due! – The Odyssey of Homer by Homer, translated by Alexander Pope
  17. E'en were it now thy wish To abandon all thy plans, yet still they know What thou hast wished: then forwards thou must press; Retreat is now no longer in thy power. – The Death of Wallenstein A Play by Frederich Schiller
  18. I see I must e'en wait upon your better humor; and so addio, Signor Rosa. – Anecdotes of Painters, Engravers, Sculptors and Architects, and Curiosities of Art, (Vol. 2 of 3) by Shearjashub Spooner
  19. E'en now, as leaning on this fragrant bank, I taste of all the keener happiness Which sense refined affords- E'en now my heart Would fain induce me to forsake the world, Throw off these garments, and in shepherd's weeds, With a small flock, and short suspended reed, To sojourn in the woodland. – The Poetical Works of Henry Kirke White With a Memoir by Sir Harris Nicolas by Henry Kirke White
  20. It kep' her head a- bobbin' so, It e'en a'most came off! – Farm Ballads by Will Carleton