REH Word of the Week: trow


1. think, believe or trust

[origin: Old English treow; related to Old Frisian triuwe, Old Saxon treuwa, Old High German triuwa]


Ho, for a trail that is bloody and long!
And scattered with barren bones, I trow!
But a trail must end and a stake is strong,
And midnight crossroads there are enow!

[from “Trail’s End”; this is the complete poem as shown in The Collected Poetry of Robert E. Howard, p. 470 and A Rhyme of Salem Town, p. 8]