REH Word of the Week: dree Essay

intransitive verb

1. endure or suffer

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[origin: chiefly Scottish; Middle English, from Old English dreogan; akin to Gothic driugan to perform military service]


There’s a kingdom far from the sun and star
With never a wind to dree;
Where the golden balls of the silence falls
In the high blue halls of the sea.

There’s death to change in that kingdom strange,
For its days are all the same;
Its blue floors blaze in a golden maze
Through a purple haze of flame.

Through an emerald sheen dim shapes careen
And white limbs trail and quiver;
In rose pale fire ’round spear and spire
In white desire they shiver.

[from "High Blue Halls”; to read the complete poem see The Collected Poetry of Robert E. Howard, p. 274 and Robert E. Howard Selected Poems, p. 154]