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harbinger - vocabulary

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noun

One who or that which foreruns and announces the coming of any person or thing; anything that foreshadows a coming thing or event.

Now the bright morning star, day’s harbinger, Comes dancing from the east, and leads with her The flow’ry May, who from her green lap throws The yellow cowslip and the pale primrose. Hail, bounteous May, that dost inspire Mirth and youth and warm desire!

—John Milton ”On May Morning” Milton’s Poetical Works (1966)

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