by Ambrose Bierce BIRTHBLANK-VERSEBLACKGUARD -n. A man whose qualities, prepared for display like a box of berries in a market - the fine ones on top - have been opened on the wrong side.? Those horse-boys and unmilitary folk, such as cooks with their pots, pans, and other kitchen utensils, which travel with an army, and greatly impede its march. Gifford, in his edition of? (Encyclopedia) Bodenheim, Maxwell b?d?nh?m, 1893?1954, American novelist and poet, b. Hermanville, Miss. His poetry, which incorporates many techniques of the imagists, is cynical and often dwells? by Ambrose Bierce BLACKGUARDBODY-SNATCHERBLANK-VERSE -n. Unrhymed iambic pentameters - the most difficult kind of English verse to write acceptably; a kind, therefore, much affected by? by Ambrose Bierce CURSECYNIC -n. A blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they ought to be. Hence the custom among the Scythians of plucking out a cynic's eyes to? by Ambrose Bierce OCEANOLDOFFENSIVE -adj. Generating disagreeable emotions or sensations, as the advance of an army against its enemy. "Were the enemy's tactics offensive?" the king asked? by Ambrose Bierce BILLINGSGATEBLACKGUARDBIRTH -n. The first and direst of all disasters. As to the nature of it there appears to be no uniformity. Castor and Pollux were born from the egg? by Robert Burns Tarbolton Lasses, TheMontgomerie's PeggyAh, Woe Is Me, My Mother Dear Paraphrase of Jeremiah, 15th Chap., 10th verse. Ah, woe is me, my mother dear! A? for mourning was a Roman custom (Juvenal, x. 245) borrowed from the Egyptians. Black, in blazonry, means constancy, wisdom, and prudence. Black, in several of the Oriental nations, is a? by Robert Burns Epitaph For James SmithThe Jolly Beggars: A CantataAdam Armour's Prayer Gude pity me, because I'm little! For though I am an elf o' mettle, An' can, like?