DA’RKLING. [a participle, as it seems, from darkle, which
yet I have never found.] Being in the dark; being without
light: a word merely poetical.
O, wilt thou darkling leave me? do not so. Shakespeare.
The varying shore o’ th’ world. Shakesp. Ant. and Cleopatra.
The wakeful bird
Sings darkling, and, in shadiest covert hid,
Tunes her nocturnal note. Milton’s Paradise Lost, b. iii.
Darkling they mourn their fate, whom Circe’s pow’r,
With words and wicked herbs, from human kind
Had alter’d, and in brutal shapes confin’d. Dryden’s Æn.