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VERBS, AUXILIARY. Should = "ought;" "was to"

Should for ought. Should, the past tense, not being so imperious as shall, the present, is still retained in the sense of ought, applying to all three persons. In the Elizabethan authors, however, it was more commonly thus used, often where we should use ought:

“You should be women;
And yet your beards forbid me to interpret
That you are so.

“So should he look that seems to speak things strange.” Ib. i. 2. 46. “I should report that which I say I saw,
But know not how to do it.” Ib. v. 5. 31.

“Why 'tis an office of discovery, love,
And I should be obscured.

i.e. "A torch-bearer's office reveals (439) the face, and mine ought to be hidden."

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