VERBS, AUXILIARY. Be in the plural and for euphonyBe is much more common with the plural than the singular. Probably only this fact, and euphony, can account for
“When blood is nipp'd and ways be foul.
the be may partly be explained as not stating an independent fact, but a future event, dependent on the clause "when," &c. Partly, perhaps, "out of doubt" is treated like "there is no doubt that," and be follows in a kind of dependent clause. Be is also used to refer to a number of persons, considered not individually, but as a kind or class.
“When he sees reason of fears, as we do, his fears out of
doubt be of the same relish as ours,
; ib. 44.
“O, there be players that I have seen play, and heard others
praise, and that highly, that, &c.
But it cannot be denied that the desire of euphony or variety seems sometimes the only reason for the use of be or are.
“There be some sports are painful.
“Where is thy husband now? Where be thy brothers?
Where are thy children?