"Twas a good thought, boy, to come here and shrive", - The Croppy Boy, trad Irish song.
Origin of shrive
- Middle English schriven from Old English scrīfan from Latin scrībere to write skrībh- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English shriven, schrifen, from Old English scrÄ«fan, from late Proto-Germanic *skrÄ«banÄ…, a late borrowing from Latin scrÄ«bō (“write"). Compare West Frisian skriuwe (“to write"), Low German schrieven (“to write"), Dutch schrijven (“to write"), German schreiben (“to write"), Danish skrive (“to write"), Swedish skriva (“to write"), Icelandic skrifa (“to write"). More at scribe.