Our history is littered with dubious dastards
, once celebrated as heroes.
But when Torhthelm says "May the blast of Heaven / light on the dastards
that to death left them / to England's shame!" (8) his words ring with the sound of a strongly worded request that, if we understand "I" to be the subject, "ask" as the required present tense verb of speaking, and let the language that tells what Torhthelm hopes to see happen stand, can, I think, be understood as a genuine curse of the cowards who fled, a request that they be appropriately punished.
We recently worked on a pop promo for a band called the Dastards
Some horses at my stable don't have to contemplate such deadly pursuits, but we just call them Flat dastards
, an insult I picked up from my speech impaired owner.
Think ye the world would bear his sway Were dastards such as you away?
The "world" tolerates ("bears") this "dastard" Napoleon because his is the lesser of two evils, the greater evil being the ancien regime represented by Alexander and Francis (although Shelley's rather exaggerated "world," here, can presumably only encompass Napoleon's dwindling support among British and European Radicals).
In England, the clergy had the power of making knights, as appears from Ingulphus,(*) and that the Normans abhorred this custom, and looked on those so made as dastards
Cravens, and dastards
, and poltroons, we know at sight.
Unfortunately, those dastards
who prepare these viruses are improving their skills as they get more and more practice.
Victor Fisher, on hand outside the hall, charged the dissenting delegates with being "dastards
and cowards, some of whom ...
The truckdriver, as he pulled away, yelled at George and Mack, "Drop dead, you Jew Dastards
." This was all George had to hear.
Through anecdote and opinion, action and reaction, all reveal or are revealed as varying antiheroes and heroines - when not downright dastards
. A sampling: Dom Pedro turns out to be a flatulent adulterer; Sarah Bernhardt is a beautiful, liberated, and successful actress shackled to a clumsy, lecherous son; and Holmes is a gluttonous drug abuser, hopeless virgin, and - lo and behold - more often wrong than right in his hallmark deductions.
"Pop-synth, nu-folk, melodic indie/rock" new band, the Dastards
, has turned to Midlands based Top Banana to produce its first music video.
The reverse is also shown when Totta curses those who ran from the battle, saying: "May the blast of Heaven Light on the dastards
that to death left them To England's shame!" (II.
According to the spin, it was all the fault of those dastards
in the RFU and much of the contempt generated by Martin Johnson and his fellow strikers - felt, initially, by their manager, Clive Woodward - evaporated.