REH Word of the Week: wain

(artist Nick Eggenhoffer)

noun

1. a usually large and heavy vehicle for farm use

[origin: Middle English, wagon, chariot, from Old English w?gn; akin to Middle Dutch wagen wagon, Old English wegan to move]

HOWARD’S USAGE:

Grass and the rains and snow,
Trumpet and tribal drum;
Across my crests the people go,
Over my peaks the people come.
Girt with the pelts of lion and hare.
Plodding with oxen wains,
Climbing the steeps on a Spanish mare,
Soaring in aeroplanes.
Men with their hates and their ires,
Men with their loves and their lust
Still shall I reign when their spires
And their castles tumble to dust.

[from “The Mountains of California”; this is the complete poem as it appeared in The Collected Poetry of Robert E. Howard, p. 293 and the Robert E. Howard Selected Poems, p. 237]