is “to make light.” Hence Shakespeare speaks of the disembodied
soul as “the delighted spirit ... blown with restless violence round
about the pendant world” (Measure for Measure, iii. 1). So again
he says of gifts, “the more delayed; delighted” (Cymbeline, v.
5), meaning the longer they are delayed the “lighter” or less valuable
they are esteemed. Delighted, in the sense of “pleased,” means
light-hearted, with buoyant spirits.
The delight of mankind.
So Titus, the Roman emperor, was entitled (40, 79-81).
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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