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VERBS, MOODS OF:-- Conditional sentences, irregularities

Conditional sentences. The consequent does not always answer to the antecedent in mood or tense. Frequently the irregularity can be readily explained by a change of thought.

“And that I'll prove on better men than Somerset,
(Or rather, I would) Were growing time once ripen'd to
my will.

So 3 Hen. VI. v. 7. 21.

“If we shall stand still
(Or rather, if we should, for we shall not) We should take root.

“I will find
Where truth is hid, (and I would find it) though it were hid
Within the centre.

Compare Ezek. xiv. 14, A. V.:

Though these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they should deliver but their own souls.
with ib. 20, "they shall deliver."

“But if the gods themselves did see her then
* * * * * * *
(If they had seen her) The instant burst of clamour that she
Would have made milch the burning eyes of heaven.

“Till I know 'tis done,
Howe'er my hopes (might be), my joys were ne'er begun.” Ib. iv. 3. 70.

Sometimes the consequent is put graphically in the present merely for vividness:

“If he should do so,
He leaves his back unarm'd; . . . never fear that.

Or else the speaker rises in the tone of confidence: “I am assured, if I be measured rightly,
Your majesty hath no just cause to hate me.” Ib. v. 2. 66.

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