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PRONOUNS, PERSONAL. Yours; "this of yours"

This of yours is now, as in E. E., generally applied to one out of a class, whether the class exist or be imaginary. We could say "this coat of yours," but not (except colloquially) "this head of yours." It is, however, commonly used by Shakespeare where even the conception of a class is impossible.

“Nor scar that whiter skin of hers than snow.

“Will not a calf-skin stop that mouth of thine?

"This of hers, thine," &c. seem used as an adjective, like the Latin "iste." "This mouth of you" was felt to be harsh, the "you" being too weak to stand in such a position. "This your mouth" requiring a forced and unnatural pause after "this," was somewhat more objectionable to Shakespeare, 1 than to the Latin style of Milton and Addison. Hence "this of you" was used but modified. It is rare that we find such a transposition as

“O then advance of yours that phraseless hand.

1 See, however--

“How many ages hence
Shall this our lofty scene be acted over!

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