This, added to all the rest, do lay us flat in our hopes and courages, every body prophesying destruction to the nation.
Remember that victorie is not gotten with the multitudes of men, but with the courages of hearts, and valiantnesse of minds.
c.1300, from Old French corage (12c., Modern French courage) "heart, innermost feelings; temper," from Vulgar Latin *coraticum (source of Italian coraggio, Spanish coraje), from Latin cor "heart" (see heart) which remains a common metaphor for inner strength.
In Middle English, used broadly for "what is in one's mind or thoughts," hence "bravery," but also "wrath, pride, confidence, lustiness," or any sort of inclination. Replaced Old English ellen, which also meant "zeal, strength."