What does the word swain mean?

Usage examples for swain

  1. 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 by Homer, translated by Alexander Pope
  2. 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 by Frederick Lawton