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CONJUNCTIONS. But with contingency expressed or implied

But meaning except may apply to an expressed contingency, as (1)

“God defend but I should still be so.

i.e. "God forbid everything except (I should, &c.)"

“But being charged we will be still by land.

i.e. "Excepting the supposition of our being charged."

(2) Sometimes the contingency is merely implied.

“I should sin
To think but (except I should think) nobly of my grandmother.

“Her head's declined and death will seize her, but
Your comfort makes her rescue.

i.e. "only your comfort."

The last passage illustrates the connection between but meaning only, and but used adversatively.

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