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Firstling   Listen
noun
Firstling  n.  
1.
The first produce or offspring; said of animals, especially domestic animals; as, the firstlings of his flock.
2.
The thing first thought or done. "The very firstlings of my heart shall be The firstlings of my hand."






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"Firstling" Quotes from Famous Books



... thoughtful youth, I went With Israel's early banishment; And where the sullen Chebar crept, The ritual of my fathers kept. The water for the trench I drew, The firstling of the flock I slew, And, standing at the altar's side, I shared the Levites' lingering pride, That still, amidst her mocking foes, The smoke of Zion's ...
— The Complete Works of Whittier - The Standard Library Edition with a linked Index • John Greenleaf Whittier

... which God wrought for Israel when he slew the first-born of Egypt, for a sign he claimed, as consecrated to himself, all the first-born of their males, "Thou shalt set apart unto the Lord all that openeth the matrix, and every firstling that cometh of a beast which thou hast; the males shall be the Lord's." "And it shall be for a token upon thine hands, and for frontlets between thine eyes: for by strength of hand the Lord brought us forth out of Egypt."[710] ...
— The Ordinance of Covenanting • John Cunningham

... no, not even when life was new, and life and hope were young, And o'er the firstling of my flock with raptured gaze I hung, Did I feel the glow that thrills me now, the yearnings fond and deep, That stir my bosom's inmost strings as I watch thy ...
— Mrs Whittelsey's Magazine for Mothers and Daughters - Volume 3 • Various



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