burden, burthen (n.)
refrain, chorus
AYL III.ii.240[Celia to Rosalind] I would sing my song without a burden
Tem I.ii.380[Ariel singing to Ferdinand] sweet sprites, the burden bear
TG I.ii.85[Julia to Lucetta, of the letter] Belike it hath some burden then? [also: sense 4]
TNK IV.iii.11[Gaoler's Daughter to herself] the burden on't was 'down-a, down-a'
WT IV.iv.196[Servant to Clown, of Autolycus' songs] with such delicate burdens of dildos and fadings
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