swain

Part of speech:

A servant.

Part of speech: noun

A youthful rustic; a lover.

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Usage examples "swain":

  1. Tell me, thou swain, that guard'st thy flock Beneath the shadowy tree, If flock, or vale, or mountain- ridge Be half so fair as she! - "The Complete Poetical Works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow", Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
  2. Go first the master of thy herds to find, True to his charge, a loyal swain and kind; For thee he sighs; and to the loyal heir And chaste Penelope extends his care. - "The Odyssey of Homer", Homer, translated by Alexander Pope.
  3. Such adulation must have been delicious to Madame Hanska; and yet she sent her sighing swain back into his loneliness, with his bonds riveted tighter, his promises to break with all rivals more solemn, and a disappointment, over his deferred hopes, that brought on an illness after his return. - "Balzac", Frederick Lawton.