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    Love grows old and waxes cold

    Hello everyone!
    This is a passage from the traditional ballad "The water is wide":
    Oh love be handsome and love be kind
    Gay as a jewel when first it is new
    But love grows old and waxes cold
    And fades away like the morning dew
    I cannot understand the meaning of the line "But love grows old and waxes cold". What do "waxes cold" mean? I haven't found any suitable definition in dictionaries for "wax". I also tried to find the word in the dictionary of Middle English but failed.

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    Re: Love grows old and waxes cold

    Quote Originally Posted by Kreatur View Post
    Hello everyone!
    This is a passage from the traditional ballad "The water is wide":

    I do not understand the meaning of the line "But love grows old and waxes cold". What does "waxes cold" mean? I haven't found any suitable definition in dictionaries for "wax". I also tried to find the word in the dictionary of Middle English but failed.
    Look at the whole thing. Don't focus on individual words.

    Ask yourself if anything lasts forever.
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    Re: Love grows old and waxes cold

    I think it means something very basically like 'becomes' in precisely the same way that grows also means 'becomes'. Love becomes old and cold.

    I don't think the 'moon' sense is very helpful because a waxing moon is getting bigger and brighter.

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