PRONOUNS, PERSONAL. Thou in direct appeals, you in dependent clausesThou is often used in statements and requests, while you is used in conditional and other sentences where there is no direct appeal to the person addressed. Similarly the somewhat archaic ye is distinguished by Shakespeare from you by being used in rhetorical appeals. (See Ye, 236.)
“Come thou on my side, and entreat for me
As you would beg, were you in my distress.
“But tell me now
My drown'd queen's name, as in the rest you said
Thou hast been god-like perfect.
“I go, and if you plead as well to them
As I can say nay to thee for myself.
“Give me thy hand, Messala;
Be thou my witness that against my will, &c.
You know that I held Epicurus strong.