To the muser there was no time; time had dribbled out and reverie had taken its place.
Sweeter dreams now woo the muser, warming into passion, pulsing with a more eager throb of desire, in changed tone and pace.
The muser finished disrobing and donned his night robes, but it was a long time before he felt like slumber.
The muser dwelt long on this invocation, pacing to and fro on the narrow strip of rock.
The muser started, for a hand grasped his arm, and shook him.
So the muser mused in his quiet study, with the roar of the water in his ears.
Except Rereworth and his late partner, the muser might be said to know no one in the whole of the gay assembly.
But 'hungry generations' soon tread down the muser in a city.
"to reflect, to be absorbed in thought," mid-14c., from Old French muser (12c.) "to ponder, dream, wonder; loiter, waste time," literally "to stand with one's nose in the air" (or, possibly, "to sniff about" like a dog who has lost the scent), from muse "muzzle," from Gallo-Romance *musa "snout," of unknown origin. Probably influenced in sense by muse (n.). Related: Mused; musing.
late 14c., protectors of the arts, from Old French Muse and directly from Latin Musa, from Greek Mousa, "the Muse," also "music, song," from PIE root *men- "to think, remember" (see mind (n.)). Meaning "inspiring goddess of a particular poet" is from late 14c. The traditional names and specialties of the nine Muses, daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne, are: Calliope (epic poetry), Clio (history), Erato (love poetry, lyric art), Euterpe (music, especially flute), Melpomene (tragedy), Polymnia (hymns), Terpsichore (dance), Thalia (comedy), Urania (astronomy).