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It (the primary form hit perhaps preserved in Alls V, 3, 195 and Mcb. I, 5, 48, where M. Edd. write it; but the passages may be explained otherwise. Often contracted to 't before and behind other words: 't had, 't has, 'tis, 't was, 't were, 't will, 't would, did't, do 't, does 't, be 't, is 't, was 't, were 't, take 't, by 't, for 't, in' t, on 't, to 't, with 't etc. etc.; see f. i. Tp. I, 2, 22. Tp. I, 2, 22 Tp. I, 2, 22 Tp. I, 2, 22 Tp. I, 2, 22 Tp. I, 2, 22 Tp. I, 2, 22 Tp. I, 2, 22 Tp. I, 2, 22 Tp. I, 2, 22 Tp. I, 2, 22 Tp. I, 2, 22 Tp. I, 2, 22 Tp. I, 2, 22 Tp. I, 2, 22 Tp. I, 2, 22 Tp. I, 2, 22 Tp. I, 2, 22 Tp. I, 2, 22 Tp. I, 2, 22 II, 1, 48. II, 1, 48 II, 1, 48 II, 1, 48 II, 1, 48 II, 1, 48 II, 1, 48 III, 1, 19. IV, 242 etc. etc) 1) pers. pron. of the neuter gender, relating to single nouns as well as to sentences, and used, without a certain reference, before impersonal verbs and expressions, as: “how is it with our general?” Cor. V, 6, 10. “since that time it is eleven years,” Rom. I, 3, 35. “it will be rain,” Mcb. III, 3, 16. “if it were now to die,” Oth. II, 1, 191. “till it cry: sleep to death,” Lr. II, 4, 120(?) etc. Sometimes a reference borne in mind, but not expressed: “grow till you come unto it,” H4B III, 2, 270. “th' other's not come to it,” Troil. I, 2, 90. (cf. Come). “make it their walk,” Mcb. III, 3, 14. “I cannot daub it further,” Lr. IV, 1, 54. “you stayed well by't in Egypt,” Ant. II, 2, 179. “there's hope in't yet,” III, 13, 176. “there's sap in't,” III, 13, 176
Emphatically: “beauty's effect with beauty were bereft, nor it nor no remembrance what it was,” Sonn. 5, 12. “were some child of yours alive that time, you should live twice, in it and in my rhyme,” 17, 14. “why does my blood thus muster to my heart, making both it unable for itself, and dispossessing all my other parts of necessary fitness?” Meas. II, 4, 21. that's it that always “makes a good voyage of nothing,” Tw. II, 4, 80. “does not the stone rebuke me for being more stone than it?” Wint. V, 3, 38. “it holds current that I told you,” H4A II, 1, 58. “you are welcome into our kingdom; use us and it,” H8 II, 2, 78. “there was it for which my sinews shall be stretched upon him,” Cor. V, 6, 44. “if it please me which thou speakest,” Tit. V, 1, 59. “this dagger hath mista'en, for lo, his house is empty on the back of Montague, and it missheathed in my daughter's bosom,” Rom. V, 3, 205 (Ff and later Qq is). “you and I must part, but that's not it,” Ant. I, 3, 87. “'tis not my profit that does lead mine honour, mine honour it,” II, 7, 83. “another stain as big as hell can hold, were there no more but it,” Cymb. II, 4, 141. “you have no true debitor and creditor but it,” V, 4, 172.
Superfluous: “my life's foul deed, my life's fair end shall free it,” Lucr. 1208. “perspective it is best painter's art,” Sonn. 24, 4. “the rain it raineth every day,” Tw. V, 401. “and now be it known to you my full intent,” Tit. IV, 2, 151. “unless to defend ourselves it be a sin,” Oth. II, 3, 203. Before subord. clauses: “what lets it but he would be here,” Err. II, 1, 105. “publish it that she is dead,” Ado IV, 1, 206. “I take it your own business calls on you,” Merch. I, 1, 63 (cf. Take). “my boon I make it that you know me not,” Lr. IV, 7, 10 etc.
Omitted: “long she thinks till he return again,” Lucr. 1359. “the less you meddle or make with them, the more is for your honesty,” Ado III, 3, 56. “'s not so good,” III, 4, 9. “'s but a night-gown,” III, 4, 9 “being that I flow in grief,” IV, 1, 251; cf. “being two hours to day,” Merch. V, 303; “being holiday, the beggar's shop is shut,” Rom. V, 1, 56; “being done, there is no pause,” Oth. V, 2, 82; “and being that we detain all his revenue,” Ant. III, 6, 29; “being so frustrate, tell him he mocks the pauses,” V, 1, 2. “if they should speak, would almost damn those ears,” Merch. I, 1, 98. “if it be denied, will much impeach the justice of his state,” III, 3, 29. “happiest of all is that her gentle spirit commits itself to yours to be directed,” III, 2, 165. “at the Elephant is best to lodge,” Tw. III, 3, 40. “thus let be,” H8 I, 1, 171 (cf. Be). “remains that you do meet the senate,” Cor. II, 3, 147. “if so be thou darest not this,” IV, 5, 98. “sufficeth not that we are brought to Rome,” Tit. I, 109. “let us give him burial, as becomes,” Tit. I, 109 “have I thought long to see this morning's face,” Rom. IV, 5, 41. “so please him come unto this place,” Caes. III, 1, 140 (cf. Please). “as becomes a friend,” Caes. III, 1, 140 “shall not be long but I'll be here again,” Mcb. IV, 2, 23. “and now remains that we find out the cause,” Hml. II, 2, 100. “grates me,” Ant. I, 1, 18. “by her election may be truly read what kind of man he is,” Cymb. I, 1, 53. “be what it is,” V, 4, 149. and that in Tarsus was not best longer for him to make his rest, Per. II Prol. 25. “more, if might, shall be discovered,” V Prol. 23.
Used for he or she, before is: “is this Mistress Satan? It is the devil,” Err. IV, 3, 50. “it is a good divine that follows his own instructions,” Merch. I, 2, 15. “it is the most impenetrable cur that ever kept with men,” III, 3, 18. “here's Wart; you see what a ragged appearance it is,” H4B III, 2, 279. “'tis a gull, a fool,” H5 III, 6, 70. “it is some carpenter,” H6A V, 3, 90. “a peevish harlotry it is,” Rom. IV, 2, 14. Tp. I, 2, 309. As I, 1, 148. Tim. III, 1, 23. Troil. III, 2, 34. Oth. V, 2, 239. Mcb. I, 4, 58. “laying these slight sullies on my son, as 'twere a thing a little soiled in the working,” Hml. II, 1, 40. “'tis a noble Lepidus,” Ant. III, 2, 6.
Relating to persons; a) to designations of children: “if thou takest up the princess by that forced baseness which he has put upon't,” Wint. II, 3, 79. “grandam will give it a plum,” John II, 161. when it (little Juliet) “did taste the wormwood,” Rom. I, 3, 30. Rom. I, 3, 30 Rom. I, 3, 30 Rom. I, 3, 30 Rom. I, 3, 30 Rom. I, 3, 30 Rom. I, 3, 30 “a little daughter; for the sake of it be manly,” Per. III, 1, 21. Jocularly applied to Cressida by Pandarus: “would he not, a naughty man, let it sleep?” Troil. IV, 2, 34. b) to persons of either sex: “a wretched soul we bid be quiet when we hear it cry,” Err. II, 1, 35. “will make or man or woman madly dote upon the next like creature that it sees,” Mids. II, 1, 172. “see where it comes,” LLL V, 2, 337. c) to self: me to whom thou gavest it (viz thy self) Sonn. 87, 10. “since I am crept in favour with my self, I will maintain it with some little cost,” R3 I, 2, 260.
Used after intr. verbs, formed sometimes for the purpose, to give the expression a peculiar emphasis: “if I do not act it, hiss me,” Wiv. III, 3, 40 (if I do not play my part with a vengeance). “love bears it out even to the edge of doom,” Sonn. 116, 12. “nor should that nation boast it so with us,” H6A III, 3, 23. “I'll go brave it at the court,” Tit. IV, 1, 121. “how to bride it,” Shr. III, 2, 253. “she hears them chant it lustily,” Ven. 869. “knows to court it with words,” Tit. II, 1, 91. “nature and sickness debate it at their leisure,” Alls I, 2, 75. “I'll devil-porter it no further,” Mcb. II, 3, 19. “how dearly they do't,” Cymb. II, 2, 18. “Lord Angelo dukes it well,” Meas. III, 2, 100. “I have faced it with a card of ten,” Shr. II, 407. “a faces it out, but fights not,” H5 III, 2, 35. “revel and feast it at my house,” Err. IV, 4, 65. “fight it out,” H6A I, 1, 99 (cf. Fight). “rather than fool it so,” Cor. II, 3, 128. “foot it featly,” Tp. I, 2, 380. “foot it, girls,” Rom. I, 5, 28. “let the music knock it,” H8 I, 4, 108. “I see them lording it in London streets,” H6B IV, 8, 47. “to mince it in love,” H5 V, 2, 130. “a trull that noises it against us,” Ant. III, 6, 96. “many cowards that do outface it with their semblances,” As I, 3, 124. “to prince it much beyond the trick of others,” Cymb. III, 3, 85. “I'll queen it no inch farther,” Wint. IV, 4, 460. “would hire me to queen it,” H8 II, 3, 37. “to revel it with him,” H6C III, 3, 225. “roaming it thus,” Hml. I, 3, 109 (Qq wrong, M. Edd. running). “smoothest it so with king and commonweal,” H6B II, 1, 22. “she sweeps it through the court with troops of ladies,” I, 3, 80. “he'll tickle it for his concupy,” Troil. V, 2, 177. “my true lip hath virgined it e'er since,” Cor. V, 3, 48. “I come to wive it wealthily,” Shr. I, 2, 75.
2) == there: “'tis no trusting to yond foolish lout,” Gent. IV, 4, 71. Perhaps also in: “'tis your brother Cassius at the door, who doth desire to see you,” Caes. II, 1, 70.
3) == its: “she knows it cowardice,” Gent. V, 2, 21 (perhaps == she knows it to be cowardice). “the innocent milk in it most innocent mouth,” Wint. III, 2, 101. “the public body hath sense of it own fall,” Tim. V, 1, 151. “it had it head bit off,” Lr. I, 4, 236. “woman it pretty self,” Cymb. III, 4, 160. The earlier O. Edd. it, the later its: “of it own kind,” Tp. II, 1, 163. “leave it to it own protection,” Wint. II, 3, 178. “it hath it original from much grief,” H4B I, 2, 131. “corrupting in it own fertility,” H5 V, 2, 40. “it had upon it brow a bump,” Rom. I, 3, 52. “it lifted up it head,” Hml. I, 2, 216. “fordo it own life,” V, 1, 244. “nature which contemns it origin,” Lr. IV, 2, 32. “moves with it own organs,” Ant. II, 7, 49. “of it own colour,” Ant. II, 7, 49
4) Used for the def. article in the language of little children: “go to it grandam, child; it grandam will give it a plum,” John II, 160. John II, 160
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