REH Word of the Week: enow



1. archaic; enough

[origin: before 12th century; Middle English inow, from Old English genog]


I lived upon the earth of yore,
An outlaw swart and fell,
And ankle-deep, at last, in gore
I waded into Hell.

And where the gleaming charcoal sheened
I dared the Devil’s ire,
For man is stronger than the fiend
And fiercer than the fire.

I swaggered through the Flaming Land
’Mid shadows red and black
And gripped him by his taloned hand
And smote him on the back.

“Damnation’s fire!” I roared, “I trow
“I heard the goblets clink!
“Have ye not courtesy enow
“To bid an old friend drink?

[from “Rebel”; to read the complete poem, see The Collected Poetry of Robert E. Howard, p. 149; Singers in the Shadows, p. 24; and Robert E. Howard Selected Poems, p. 252]