In the alliterative poem, Death and Liffe from the Percy Folio MS. [?] copied many places, there are three instances of the word “beliue:”
& the grasse that was gray greened beliue. --line 73
then thou hyed into hell hole, to hyde thee beliue ; --line 387
what with wandering & with woe I waked beliue. --line 452
From the index in the above linked work, I see that “beliue” means “quickly.”
Initially, I was unable to discover an etymological resource citing “beliue” online. I suspected that it was related to “be live” or “believe” but that turned out to be incorrect--at least I could not easily find any obvious connection. Then I discovered the Taill of Rauf Coilyear. Therein, I found six instances of “beliue” in the text and a definition bearing some etymological significance in the “Glossarial Index”, on page 155 in the applet (or numbered page 126 in the actual work):
(from the “Glossarial Index” pages mentioned above)
Beliue, 6/94, adv. quickly, at once. O.E. bi life == with life
I am curious, am I on the right track thinking ”bi” or ”bis” as in twice?
As in “again alive,” or “twice as much alive,” or “even more alive” for the above quoted “with life?”
Is there a handy online Old English [and/or Middle English] resource that I am not finding?