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ELLIPSES. after as, but, ere, if


“I am more serious than my custom; you
Must be so too, if (you must or intend to) heed me.

See "must," 314.

“I yet beseech your majesty
If (it is) for (i.e. because) I want that glib and oily art
. . . That you make known, &c.

“O, if (you be) a virgin
And your affection (be) not gone forth, I'll make you
The queen of Naples.

“Haply you shall not see me more, or if (you see me),
(You will see me) A mangled shadow.

This is a good Greek idiom. So

“Not like a corse: or if, not to be buried,
But quick, and in mine arms.

In the following hypothetical sentence there is a curious ellipsis:

“Love, loving not itself, none other can.

i.e. "if a man does not love his own flesh and blood he cannot (love) a stranger."

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