[PW] John Dryden's grammar

Kevin O'Kelly rkokelly at gmail.com
Mon Jul 30 08:22:21 PDT 2018


Impressive, John.

I have nothing to add to this but to mention I love Purcell.

On Mon, Jul 30, 2018 at 11:16 AM, John Cowan <cowan at ccil.org> wrote:

> It's a verb meaning "are accustomed, so /jus/ is the pronunciation.  We
> only use (heh) this meaning in the past tense nowadays, and we no longer
> feel "I used to go" as meaning "I was accustomed to go", though
> historically that was its meaning.
>
> On Mon, Jul 30, 2018 at 10:56 AM, Thomas Fuller <tdruryfuller at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
> > I am scheduled to sing “You Twice Ten Hundred Deities”, found in Act III,
> > scene 2 of *The Indian Queen* (first performed in 1664, printed in 1665):
> > music by Henry Purcell, text by by John Dryden.  The piece contains the
> > following verse:
> >
> >
> >
> > “From thy sleepy mansion rise,
> >
> > And open thy unwilling eyes,
> >
> > While bubbling springs their music keep,
> >
> > That use to lull thee in thy sleep.”
> >
> >
> >
> > The question for the learned W0mbats is:  How is this passage
> grammatically
> > parsed?  More specifically, is “use” a noun or a verb? This determines
> > whether it is pronounced “yooze” or “yoose”.  (As far as I can determine,
> > it is *not* a misprint for “used”.) If a noun, what “use” is intended?
> > (What
> > is “that use”?)  If a verb, what is its subject? (“That” is a cop-out
> > answer.  Who or what is “that”?)  The general drift of the passage is
> > understandable (I guess), but any suggestions or conjectures on the exact
> > language, and the right way to pronounce “use”, will be appreciated.
> >
> >
> >
> > You can find the full text at
> >
> >
> >
> > https://www.bartleby.com/332/216.html
> >
> >
> >
> >    -
> >
> >    if that helps.
> >
> >
> >
> > Tom, not used to questions like this
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