VERBS, AUXILIARY. Will, "I will" not used by Shakespeare for "I shall"Will. "I will." Some passages which are quoted to prove that Shakespeare used will with the first person without implying wish, desire, &c., do not warrant such an inference. In Hamlet, v. 2. 183, "I will win for him, if I can; if not, I will gain nothing but my shame and the odd hits," the will is probably used by attraction with a jesting reference to the previous "will:" "My purpose is to win if I can, or, if not, to gain shame and the odd hits."
i.e. "There is no hope of my ever being willing to stay."
“There is no hope that ever I will stay
If the first hour I shrink and run away.
i.e. "I intend to do well yet."
“I'll do well yet.
“I will not reason what is meant hereby,
Because I will (desire to) be guiltless of the meaning.
there is a slight meaning of purpose, as though it were, "I will sooner make a beard grow," derived from the similarity in sound of the common phrase "I will sooner die, starve, than, &c." In
“I will sooner have a beard grow in the palm of my hand
than he shall get one on his cheek,
the meaning appears to be "good argument, I hope, that we have no intention of flying." There is a difficulty in the expression "perchance I will;" but, from its constant recurrence, it would seem to be a regular idiom. Compare the following passages:--
“Good argument, I hope, we will not fly,
“Perchance, Iago, I will ne'er go home.
“Perchance I will be there as soon as you.
In all these passages "perchance" precedes, and the meaning seems to be in the last example, for instance: "My purpose may, perhaps, be fulfilled," and "my purpose is to return immediately," or, in other words, "If possible, I intend to return immediately." In all these cases, the "perhaps" stands by itself. It does not qualify "will," but the whole of the following sentence. In
“Perhaps I will return immediately.
the will refers, not to live, but to "live-to-be-thankful," and the sentence means "I purpose in my future life to prove my thankfulness."
“I will live to be thankful to thee for't,