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An't were was wrongly said by Horne Tooke to be put for "as if it were."

Cress. O! he smiles valiantly.
Pand. Does he not?
Cress. O yes; and1 'twere a cloud in autumn.

“He will weep you an't were a man born in April.” Ib. i. 2. 189.

“I will roar you and2 'twere any nightingale.

“'A made a fairer end and went away, and3 it had been a Christom

Some ellipsis is probably to be understood. "I will roar you, and if it were a nightingale (I would still roar better)."

The same construction is found in E. E. “Ye answer and ye were twenty yere olde.” Cov. Myst. p. 80 (MÄTZNER).

It is illustrated by the use of "ac," "atque," after "similis," "pariter," &c. thus: “(Homo) qui prosperis rebus æque ac tu ipse (gauderes) gauderet.” CIC. De Amicitia, vi. 1. i.e. "a man who would rejoice at your prosperity, and you yourself (would rejoice as much and no more)." "You answer in such and such a way, and were you twenty years old you would answer similarly."

1 So Folio.

2 So Folio.

3 So Folio.

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