ELLIPSES. after as, but, ere, ifIf:
See "must," 314.
“I am more serious than my custom; you
Must be so too, if (you must or intend to) heed me.
“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.
This is a good Greek idiom. So
“Haply you shall not see me more, or if (you see me),
(You will see me) A mangled shadow.
In the following hypothetical sentence there is a curious ellipsis:
“Not like a corse: or if, not to be buried,
But quick, and in mine arms.
i.e. "if a man does not love his own flesh and blood he cannot (love) a stranger."
“Love, loving not itself, none other can.