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Burden of a Song

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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.

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.)

The burden of proof. The obligation to prove something.

“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).

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Bungay
Bunkum
Bunny
Bunsby (Jack)
Bunting
Buphagos
Burbon
Burchardise
Burchell (Mr.)
Burd (Helen)
Burden of a Song
Bure
Bureaucracy
Burglar [burg-larron]
Burgundian
Burial of an Ass
Buridan’s Ass
Burke
Burkers
Burl, Burler
Burlaw or Byrlaw