(third-person singular simple present persevers, present participle persevering, simple past and past participle persevered)
- 1633, George Herbert, "Heaven", The English Poems of George Herbert. C. A. Patrides, ed. London: J. M. Dent & Sons Ltd., 1974. Repr. 1991. 191
- Light, joy, and leisure; but shall they persever? / Echo. Ever.