in distress

See: penurious, poor
References in classic literature ?
Relief in distress, help in need, protection for damsels, consolation for widows, are to be found in no sort of persons better than in knights-errant; and I give unceasing thanks to heaven that I am one, and regard any misfortune or suffering that may befall me in the pursuit of so honourable a calling as endured to good purpose.
I am an unfortunate foreigner in distress, and do not know one in your town and country.
Contract award: To provide an advice and consultancy service to assist in the recovery of a Ship and/or Cargo being in Distress