No Maidens Nor Castles

Words and phrases, popping randomly into your brain, don’t you just love it?

Apparently, the etymology behind ‘faint heart never won fair lady’ is difficult to accredit to any precise source. So says googly world. The earliest date originally cited with any supportable evidence was around 1545. But another takes it back to around 1390 where a castle was drawn into the comparison. Anyway, from thinking to this.

Faint heart never won fair lady

Nor, lady faint, encaptured bravest knight,

Where courage lacks, all faint hearts fear and quiver,

Dragons roam, no heroes left to fight,

No damsels waiting fast within a tower,

No badge of honour, standards hoisted high,

Where faint heart lives all loss resides there,

No castle for the knaves who fear to try.


9 thoughts on “No Maidens Nor Castles”

  1. I guess the jig is up. If you’re googling you’ll eventually figure. Yes, I was the one who said, “Faint heart never won fair maiden” or whatever it was. I was drinking at a pub at the time and scribbled it on a napkin. Right after that I also said “Bros before ho’s”


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