VERBS, AUXILIARY. Were after "while" and "until"Were is used after "while" in
and, still more remarkably, after "until," referring to the past, in
“If they would yield us but the superfluity whilc it were whole-some.
The following is contrary to our usage, though a natural attraction:
“It hath been taught us from the primal state
That he which is, was wish'd until he were.
for "it was they." See 425 at end. Can. See May, 307.
“And they it were that ravished our sister.