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I wis THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, ii. 9. 68; THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, i. 1. 62; RICHARD III, i. 3. 102; PERICLES, ii. Gower. 2 That in our early literature I wis is one word (i-wis), the Saxon genitive word gewis used adverbially, and meaning "truly, certainly," admits of no dispute. See Sir F. Madden's Gloss. to Syr Gawayne, where he remarks that “"although satisfied about the origin of i-wis, he still has his doubts whether it was not regarded as a pronoun and verb by the writers of the fifteenth century."” For my own part, I cannot help believing that the writers of Elizabeth's time and later, ignorant of the original meaning of I wis, employed it as equivalen to "I ween;" and see, under occupy, the quotation from Wits, Fits, and Fancies, where we have the spelling “"I wisse."”

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