CONJUNCTIONS. And emphatic in questions"And" emphatic in questions. When a question is being asked, "and," thus used, does not express emphatic assent, but emphatic interrogation:
i.e. "is it so indeed, and further would you actually &c.?" So
“Alas! and would you take the letter of her?
i.e. "do you indeed wish to learn of me?" Hence Ben Jonson, who quotes Chaucer:
“And wilt thou learn of me?
What, quoth she, and be ye wood?adds that “And, in the beginning of a sentence, serveth for admiration.” B. J. 789. It is common in ballads, and very nearly redundant: “The Perse owt of Northumberlande,
And a vow to God made he.” Percy (MÄTZNER). (Mr. Furnivall suggests "an avow," the original form of the word "vow.")