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 Burd (Helen).Bure (2 syl.). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Burden of a Song.
 
The words repeated in each verse, the chorus or refrain. It is the French bourdon, the big drone of a bagpipe, or double-diapason of an organ, used in fortë parts and choruses.   1
   Burden of Isaiah. The “measure” of a prophecy announcing a calamity, or a denunciation of hardships on those against whom the burden is uttered. (Isa. xiii. 1, etc.)   2
   The burden of proof. The obligation to prove something.   3
        “The burden of proof is on the party holding the affirmative” [because no one can prove a negative, except by reductio ad absurdum]—Greenleaf: On Evidence (vol. i. part 2, chap. iii. p. 105).
 


 Burd (Helen).Bure (2 syl.). 

 
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