Bier


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Bier

(bēr),
August K.G., German surgeon, 1861-1949. See: Bier amputation, Bier block, Bier hyperemia, Bier method.
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The body of my wife, arrayed in her richest robes and decked with all her jewels, was laid upon the bier.
Here I lived in darkness and misery until my provisions were exhausted, but just as I was nearly dead from starvation the rock was rolled away overhead and I saw that a bier was being lowered into the cavern, and that the corpse upon it was a man.
Then they laid it on a bier and covered it with a linen cloth from head to foot, and over this they laid a fair white robe.
When the minister had finished his eulogy with prayer a hymn was sung and the pall-bearers took their places beside the bier.
Every passer-by went into the yard, knelt by the side of the dead, said a Pater noster, and sprinkled a few drops of holy water on the bier.
Everywhere I turn I see the same figure-- her bloodless arms and relaxed form flung by the murderer on its bridal bier.
Locking his desk, and replacing it within the trunk (but not before he had taken from a secret lining two printed handbills), he cautiously withdrew; looking back, as he went, at the pale face of the slumbering man, above whose head the dusty plumes that crowned the Maypole couch, waved drearily and sadly as though it were a bier.
So, they put the bier on the brink of the grave; and the two mourners waited patiently in the damp clay, with a cold rain drizzling down, while the ragged boys whom the spectacle had attracted into the churchyard played a noisy game at hide-and-seek among the tombstones, or varied their amusements by jumping backwards and forwards over the coffin.
Supple to twist and turn as the Rogue has ever been, he is sufficiently rigid now; and not without much shuffling of attendant feet, and tilting of his bier this way and that way, and peril even of his sliding off it and being tumbled in a heap over the balustrades, can he be got up stairs.
They were grouped round the bier in the early hours of the morning, when, to their inexpressible fear and astonishment, the door was flung open, and a savage-looking, weather-beaten man in tattered garments strode into the room.
You might have chanced to hear of your Richard on his bier, but for the friend I sent to fetch you.
There was nothing whatever in this dim marble prison but five more of these biers.