- You shall go into old Dobson's house at once, as a kind of probationary bedesman. - "Sylvia's Lovers -- Complete", Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell.
- Then young Madden showed all the whole affair and said how that she was dead and how for holy religion sake by rede of palmer and bedesman and for a vow he had made to Saint Ultan of Arbraccan her goodman husband would not let her death whereby they were all wondrous grieved. - "Ulysses", James Joyce.
- Was it a wonderful thing that a great affection grew up in the hearts of the people for these preachers of the Cross, and especially for the most sweet and tender of them all, the Little Bedesman of Christ, with the delicate and kindly face worn by fasting, the black eyes, and the soft and sonorous voice? - "A Child's Book of Saints", William Canton.