Careful Words

meed (n.)

Without the meed of some melodious tear.

John Milton (1608-1674): Lycidas. Line 14.

O, good old man, how well in thee appears

The constant service of the antique world,

When service sweat for duty, not for meed!

Thou art not for the fashion of these times,

Where none will sweat but for promotion.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): As You Like It. Act ii. Sc. 3.