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Chast \Chast\ (ch[=a]st), v. t. to chasten. [Obs.]


vb. (context obsolete English) to chasten

Usage examples of "chast".

As wel in goost as body chast was she, For which she floured in virginitee With alle humylitee and abstinence, With alle attemperaunce and pacience, With mesure eek of beryng and array.

Thus well instructed, to their worke they hast,And comming where the knight in slomber lay,The one vpon his hardy head him plast,And made him dreame of loues and lustfull play,That nigh his manly hart did melt away,Bathed in wanton blis and wicked ioy:Then seemed him his Lady by him lay,And to him playnd, how that false winged boy,Her chast hart had subdewd, to learne Dame pleasures toy.

And so it chanced that during the time that shee and he were basking together, her husband suspecting no such matter, returned home praising the chast continency of his wife, in that hee found his doores fast closed, wherefore as his custome was, he whistled to declare his comming.

Not so great wonder and astonishment,Did the most chast Penelope possesse,To see her Lord, that was reported drent,And dead long since in dolorous distresse,Come home to her in piteous wretchednesse,After long trauell of full twenty yeares,That she knew not his fauours likelynesse,For many scarres and many hoary heares,But stood long staring on him, mongst vncertaine feares.