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ELLIPSES. after like, or, since, than, though


“To see sad sights moves more than (to) hear them told.

“It cost more to get than (was fit) to lose in a day. 1B. J. Poetaster.

“Since I suppose we are made to be no stronger
Than (that) faults may shake our frames.

“But I am wiser than (I should be were I) to serve their
precepts.” B. J. E. out &c. i. 1.

“My form
Is yet the cover of a fairer mind
Than (that which is fit) to be butcher of an innocent child.

“This must be known; which being kept close might move
More grief to hide, than hate to utter (would move) love.

i.e. "this ought to be revealed, for it (273), by being suppressed, might excite more grief in the king and queen by the hiding (356) of the news, than our unwillingness to tell bad news would excite love."

“What need we any spur but our own cause
To prick us to redress? What other bond
Than (that of) secret Romans?

As in the case of "but" (385), so in the following, the verb must be repeated without its negative force:

“I heard you say that you had rather refuse
The offer of an hundred thousand crowns
Than (have) Bolingbroke's return to England.

Here, perhaps, the old use of the subjunctive "had" for "would have" exerts some influence.

The word "rather" must be supplied from the termination er in

“The rarer action is
In virtue (rather) than in vengeance.

“You are well understood to be a perfecter giber for the table
than a necessary bencher in the Capitol.

1 Compare the Greek idiom.--Jelf, ii. 863. 2. 2.

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