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VERBS, AUXILIARY. Would = "was wont to"

Would often means "liked," "was accustomed." Compare ἐφίλει.

“A little quiver fellow, and a' would manage his piece thus:
and a' would about and about, and come you in and come you out;
rah-tah-tah would a' say, bounce would a' say; and away again
would a' go, and again would a' come.

“It (conscience) was wont to hold me only while one would tell

“But still the house affairs would draw her hence.

So, though more rarely, will is used for "is accustomed."

“Sometimes a thousand twangling instruments
Will hum about mine ears.

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