I swear to the Lord, I still can't see, Why Democracy means, Everybody but me.1943 'The Black Man Speaks'.
Look here, sir, tell menomoreunnecessary lies. Suchlies as your attorneyadvised you are necessary for the presentation of your fraudulent case I will listen to though I shall decide against you whatever you swear, Addison but if you tell me another unnecessary lie, I'll put you in the dock.Judge Richard Adams
When civil fury first grew high, And men fell out, they knew not why; When hard words, jealousies, and fears, Set folks together by the ears, And made them fight, like mad or drunk, For Dame Religion, as for punk; Whose honesty they all durst swear for, Though not a man of them knew wherefore: When Gospel-Trumpeter, surrounded With long-ear'd rout, to battle sounded, And pulpit, drum ecclesiastick, Was beat with fist, instead of a stick; Then did Sir Knight abandon dwelling, And out he rode a colonelling.Canto I, first lines.
And swear No where Lives a woman true and fair. If thou find'st one, let me know, Such a pilgrimage were sweet; Yet do not, I would not go, Though at next door we might meet, Though she were true, when you met her, And last, till you write your letter, Yet she Will be False, ere I come, to two, or three.john donne
And in that moment, I swear we were infinite.Stephen Chbosky, in The Perks of Being a Wallflower (1999)
Earth and fire and water and air We solemnly promise, we solemnly swear Not a word, not a hint, not a sound to declare Earth and fire and water and air!Hilda Lewis, in The Ship that Flew (1939), Ch. 2 : And Continues
You may batter your way through the thick of the fray, You may sweat, you may swear, you may grunt; You may be a jack-fool, if you must, but this rule Should ever be kept at the front; Don't fight with your pillow, but lay down your head And kick every worriment out of the bed.Edmund Vance Cooke, Don't take your Troubles to Bed.
As my poor d'Artagnan used to swear, the importance of the end justifies the meanness of the methods.Paul Mahalin (published under the name of Alexandre Dumas), The Son of Porthos: or, The Death of Aramis (1883), ch. 12: "Any Port in a Storm"
"As a Greek I swear eternal friendship with the Serb people."Former Foreign Minister George Papandreou, on 15 March 2003 in Belgrade
I swear to me that I am the Great God Om, greatest of gods!Terry Pratchett, in the Discworld novel Small Gods (1992)
Esausaid,Behold,Iamatthe pointto die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me? And Jacob said, swear to me this day: and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and roseup, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright.Bible (Old Testament)
swear by what the sages spoke Round the Mareotic Lake That the Witch of Atlas knew, Spoke and set the cocks a-crow.1938 'Under Ben Bulben', stanza1. Collected in Last Poems (1939).