ELLIPSES. in antithetical sentencesAntithetical sentences frequently do not repeat pronouns, verbs, &c.
Sometimes the verb has to be repeated in a different tense.
“What most he should dislike seems pleasant to him,
What (he should) like, (seems) offensive.
“To be acknowledg'd, madam, is (to be) overpaid.” Ib. iv. 7. 4. The antithesis often consists in the opposition between past and present time.
“To know our enemies' minds we'ld rip their hearts:
(To rip) Their papers is more lawful.
“I meant to rectify my conscience, which
I then did feel full sick, and yet (do feel) not well.
“She was beloved, she loved; she is (beloved) and doth (love).” Ib. iv. 5. 292.
“And may that soldier a mere recreant prove
That means not (to be), hath not (been), or is not in love.