"O welcome, father dear, to your halls and bowers, and welcome to you, my new mother, for all that's here is yours" said Princess Margaret.

This is from a English fairly tale "The Laidly Worm of Spindrestone Heugh".She said this at her castle gate when her stepmother came there for the first time. Could you teach me?

I come across it now. Wouldn't it be "welcome to your halls and bowers"?

  • Does your dictionary tell you what the noun bower means? Commented Jun 7, 2017 at 19:37
  • A dictionary says it means "the shade of a tree". Commented Jun 7, 2017 at 19:51
  • Most dictionaries define it more or less as garden, although here it could also mean private apartment. See M-W. Be sure to consult more than one dictionary! Commented Jun 7, 2017 at 19:56
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    The father is addressed, but no thanks are offered. Does your dictionary also define the word welcome? Commented Jun 7, 2017 at 20:04
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    The sentence can be rephrased, e.g., "Father dear, welcome to your halls and bowers. My new mother, welcome to you, for (= because) all that's here is yours."
    – user3395
    Commented Jun 7, 2017 at 21:01

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The context is she is meeting her father at the front gate of their house and is welcoming him home

to your halls and bowers

to the "halls" of his house and his "lands" ("bowers")


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