VERBS, INFLECTIONS OF:-- Indicative, third person plural in -enVerbs: Indicative Present, old forms of the Third Person Plural. There were three forms of the plural in Early English--the Northern in es, the Midland in en, the Southern in eth: "they hop-es," "they hop-en," "they hop-eth." The two former forms (the last in the verbs "doth," "hath," and possibly in others) are found in Shakespeare. Sometimes they are used for the sake of the rhyme; sometimes that explanation is insufficient: En.-- “Where, when men be-en, there's seldom ease.” Pericles, ii. Gower, 28. “O friar, these are faults that are not seen,
Ours open and of worst example be-en.” B. J. S Sh. i. 2. “All perishen of men of pelf,
Ne aught escapen but himself.” Pericles, ii. Gower, 36. “As fresh as bin the flowers in May.” PEELE. “Words fearen (terrify) babes.” SPENS. F. Q.
This form is rarely used by Shakespeare, and only archaically. As an archaic form it is selected for constant use by Spenser.
“And then the whole quire hold their hips and laugh,
And waxen in their mirth.