RELATIVAL CONSTRUCTIONS. "So--as:" "as--as"As . . . as. The first As is sometimes omitted:
“A mighty and a fearful head they are
As ever offered foul play in a state.
; Tempest, v. 1. 289. In the expression "old as I am," &c. we almost always omit the first as. Shakespeare often inserts it:
“He pants and looks (as) pale as if a bear were at his heels.
“As near the dawning, provost, as it is.
The expression is elliptical: "(be it) as cold as it is."
“But I believe, as cold a night as 'tis, he could wish himself in
Thames up to the neck.