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Ellipses of it is, there is, is

Ellipsis of It is, There is, Is.

“So beauty blemish'd once (is) for ever lost.

“I cannot give guess how near (it is) to day.

“Seldom (is it) when
The steeled gaoler is the friend of men.

“And (it is) wisdom
To offer up a weak poor innocent lamb.

“Since [there is neither (163)] brass nor stone nor earth nor
boundless sea,
But sad mortality o'ersways their power.

“'Tis certain, every man that dies ill, the ill (is) upon his
own head.

“Many years,
Though Cloten (was) then but young, you see, not wore him
From my remembrance.

So Hen. V. iv. 7. 132 (quoted in 402), if the text be retained.

It is a question whether "are" is omitted, or whether (less probably) (And, 95) "and" is used for "also" with a nom. absolute, in

“But 'tis not so above;
There is no shuffling, there the action lies
In his true nature: and we ourselves (? are) compelled
To give in evidence.

; T. N. i. 1. 38; Hen. V. i. 1. 57.

“Which I did store to be my foster-nurse,
When service should in my old limbs lie lame,
And unregarded age (? should be) in corners thrown.

As the verb is omitted by us constantly after "whatever," e.g. "anything whatever," so Shakespeare could write,

“Beyond all limit of what else (is) in the world.

Thus also "however" is for "however it may be," i.e. "in any case:"

“If haply won perhaps a hapless gain;
If lost, why then a grievous labour won;
However (it be), but a folly bought with wit.

We have passed in the use of "however" from the meaning "in spite of what may happen in the future," to "in spite of what happened in the past," i.e. "nevertheless."

"There is" is often omitted with "no one but," as

“(There is) no one in this presence
But his red colour hath forsook his cheeks.

"Who is" (244) is omitted in

“Here's a young maid (who is) with travel much oppressed,
And faints for succour.

Otherwise the nominative (399) is omitted before "faints."

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