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P`ASTOR, n. L. from pasco, pastum, to feed.
1. A shepherd; one that has the care of flocks and herds.
2. A minister of the gospel who has the charge of a church and congregation, whose duty is to watch over the people of his charge, and instruct them in the sacred doctrines of the christian religion.
P`ASTORAL, a. L. pastoralis. Pertaining to shepherds; as a pastoral life; pastoral manners.
1. Descriptive of the life of shepherds; as a pastoral poem.
2. Relating to the care of souls, or to the pastor of a church; as pastoral care or duties; a pastoral letter.
Piety is the life and soul of pastoral fidelity.
P`ASTORAL, n. A poem describing the life and manners of shepherds, or a poem in imitation of the action of a shepherd, and in which the speakers take upon themselves the character of shepherds; an idyl; a bucolic.
A pastoral is a poem in which any action or passion is represented by its effects on a country life.
P`ASTORATE, n. The office, state or jurisdiction of a spiritual pastor.
"Seek ye out of the book of the Lord, and read" —Isaiah 34:16, KJV
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