His steward might deign
to occupy it, but never, certainly, the great landed proprietor himself.
Let all know, if perchance there be any who know it not, that enchanters of my degree deign
not to concern themselves with the doings of any but kings, princes, emperors, them that be born in the purple and them only.
I rose as at thy call, but found thee not; To find thee I directed then my walk; And on, methought, alone I pass'd through ways That brought me on a sudden to the Tree Of interdicted Knowledge: fair it seem'd, Much fairer to my Fancie then by day: And as I wondring lookt, beside it stood One shap'd & wing'd like one of those from Heav'n By us oft seen; his dewie locks distill'd Ambrosia; on that Tree he also gaz'd; And O fair Plant, said he, with fruit surcharg'd, Deigns
none to ease thy load and taste thy sweet, Nor God, nor Man; is Knowledge so despis'd?
My master,'' answered Baldwin, ``knows how to requite scorn with scorn, and blows with blows, as well as courtesy with courtesy, Since you disdain to accept from him any share of the ransom at which you have rated the arms of the other knights, I must leave his armour and his horse here, being well assured that he will never deign
to mount the one nor wear the other.
Would she but deign
to hear me And with one smile to cheer me.
O lady, deign
to hold in remembrance this heart, thy vassal, that thus in anguish pines for love of thee.
I have no room that even your steed would deign
to accept, Sir Knight; and naught save a crust of bread and pitcher of water.
But before your Lordship enters into further communications, would he deign
to satisfy the curiosity of one who would gladly know whence his Visitor came?
The lady did not deign
to remark him in her passage; her face was suffused with tears, and expressed much concern for the packages by which she was surrounded.
God grant that we may be guided aright, and that He will deign
to watch over my husband and those dear to us both, and who are in such deadly peril.
He would not deign
to examine even the masterpieces of Elephanta, or the mysterious hypogea, concealed south-east from the docks, or those fine remains of Buddhist architecture, the Kanherian grottoes of the island of Salcette.
We are discussing things seriously; but if you won't deign
to give me your attention, I will drop your acquaintance.