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VERBS, AUXILIARY. Were after "while" and "until"

Were is used after "while" in

“If they would yield us but the superfluity whilc it were whole-some.

and, still more remarkably, after "until," referring to the past, in

“It hath been taught us from the primal state
That he which is, was wish'd until he were.

The following is contrary to our usage, though a natural attraction:

“And they it were that ravished our sister.

for "it was they." See 425 at end.

Can. See May, 307.

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