VERBS, MOODS OF:-- SUBJUNCTIVE: irregular sequence of tensesIrregular sequence of tenses. Sometimes the sequence of tenses is not observed in these dependent sentences:
“Therefore they thought it good you hear a play.
In both cases a present is implied in the preceding verb: "They thought and think," "It were and is good." Reversely in
“'Twere good you do so much for charity.
"Did need" means "ever could need," and is stronger than "need" or "can need." In
“But do not stain
The even virtue of our enterprise
To think that or our cause or our performance
Did need an oath.
as in "It is time he came," the action is regarded as one "meet" in time past, as well as in the future.
“Is it not meet that I did amplify my judgment?
Here "were" is used partly for euphony and alliteration, partly because the speaker is speaking of the past, "is and was always wished until he were."
“It hath been taught us from the primal state
That he which is is wished until he were.