What does the word Earthliness mean?

Usage examples for Earthliness

  1. His power is pleased with their dependence; his pride flatters itself with their future; his tenderness softens to their clinging; his earthliness cleaves away before their innocence, and he thinks his quiver can never be too full of them. – A New Atmosphere by Gail Hamilton
  2. She offered all those capacities for love that had been newly revealed to her; she offered up the bliss, whose golden dawn she had seen; she tried to tear out the earthliness of her heart and affections by the roots, and lay them on the altar, entreating that, come what might, her spirit might never stray from the Heavenly Spouse of her betrothal. – The Caged Lion by Charlotte M. Yonge
  3. He was born when the genius of Goethe was at its height; his mother had absorbed the frank earthliness, the sane and massive Paganism, of the Roman elegies, and Heine's ideals in all things, whether he would or not, were always Hellenic- using that word in the large sense in which Heine himself used it- even while he was the first in rank and the last in time of the Romantic poets of Germany. – The Prose Writings of Heinrich Heine by Heinrich Heine
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