So many cries are uttered now-a-days,
That scarce a song, however clear and true,
Will thread the jostling tumult safe, and reach
The ears of men buz-filled with poor denays:
Barb thou my words with light, make my song new,
And men will hear, or when I sing or preach.
George MacDonald, in The Diary of an Old Soul, Sept 10th.
'denays' - denials, refusals.
The first 'or' in the last line probably means 'either'