Where is lest in the Babel text?
It sounds like a past tense conjugation of less, just like blest came from blessed from bless. Unfortunately, we don't use less this way very often anymore. I only find myself using it if I am missquoting a 'lest' scripture.
I'd say
X lest Y is
Do X or else Y will happen
X or else Y (without the be verb)
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-In the event that Y, then X, so as to nullify (or mollify?) the effect of Y