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CONJUNCTIONS. But only; merely but, &c.

The same forgetfulness of the original meaning of words which led to "more better," &c., led also to the redundant use of but in "but only," "merely but," "but even," &c.

“Merely but art.

“He only lived but till he was a man.

“My lord, your son had only but the corpse.

“Even but now” for “but now.” M. of V. v. 1. 272; A. Y. L. ii. 7. 3.

“But a very prey to woe.

“Augustus,
In the bestowing of his daughter, thought
But even of gentlemen of Rome.” B. J. Sejan. iii. 2. Probably like "merely but."

So

“Even just.

"But now," like "even now" (38), is capable of different meanings: "a moment ago" and "at the present moment."

But now I was the lord
Of this fair mansion, and even now, but now
This house, these servants, and this same myself
Are yours.

For. See 151.

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