reck [rɛk] v. i.
1.) To make account; to take heed; to care; to mind;often followed by of.
reck [rɛk] v. t.
1.) To make account of; to care for; to heed; to regard.
2.) To concern;used impersonally (Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary).
Etymology: Middle English recken, from Old English reccan.
"I kepe noght of armes for to yelpe,
Ne I ne axe nat tomorwe to have victorie,
Ne renoun in this cas, ne veyne glorie
Of pris of armes blowen up and doun;
But I wolde have fully possessioun
Of Emelye, and dye in thy servyse.
Fynd thow the manere hou and in what wyse:
I recche nat but it may bettre be
To have victorie of hem, or they of me,
So that I have my lady in myne armes."
("The Knightes Tale", Geoffrey Chaucer, ~1386)
"I care not to boast of arms
Nor do I ask to have victory tomorrow,
Nor renown in the event, nor vain glory
Of praise of arms proclaimed up and down;
But I would fully have possession
Of Emelye, and die in thy service.
Find thou the manner how and in what way:
I reck not if it may better be
To have victory over them, or they over me,
Just that I have my lady in my arms."
("The Knight's Tale", Geoffrey Chaucer, ~1386)
(Sogno del cavaliere, Raffaello Sanzio, ~1504)
You'll notice that I included a little "translation" from the Middle English in case there are any babies out there who don't want to read it. Thanks for reading!