Y-ere Definition

1709, Robert Gould, A Satyr against the Pride, Luſt, and Inconſtancy, &c. of Woman, page #8.
Rivers adorn the Earth ; the Fiſh, the Seas ;
Flowers and Graſs, the Meadows ; Fruit and Trees ;
The Starts, the Fields of Air thro’ which they ride ;
And Woman all the Works of God beſide ;
Yet baſe detracting Envy won’t allow.
They ſhould adorn themſelves ; then pray, Sir, now.
Produce ſome reaſons why y’ere ſo ſevere ;
For envious as you are, you know they’re Fair.