If one were using somewhat old-fashioned or more poetic English, could the Swedish not also me 'I begged for a boon'? I ask this, as the Swedish orthography just screamed this at me in English! The English sentence isn't one I would use with a stranger on the street but it's by no means incorect or defunct, just not commonplace. I'll go an look up 'bön' in my dictionary. A little sad that I'm excited by this!