You be no longer a babe and suckling. id, Far from the Madding Crowd, Ch. xxiii, 262.
What! be thee parson Davis' son? Hughes, Town Brown, I, Ch.
iv, 80. (Compare: Thee bCst a brave young chap. ib.)
Lawk a' massey, Mr. Benjamin,... be that you? ib, i, Ch. II, 29.
i beant a fooi: | Git ma my aale, fur I beant a-gawin' to break my
ruie. Ten, North. Farm., I.
Also were occurs, vulgarly, as an indicative.
Whatever servant David were thinking about when he made a
Psalm.. Ican'tfathom.Hardy,The Mayor of Cast, Ch.xxxiii.281.
He were quite upset. ib.
b) As a plural the indicative be seems at all times to have been more common. In Present English it sunrives chiefly as an archaism or vulgarism. Compare Murray, s. v. be, page 716a.
Where is thy Husband now? Where be thy Brothers? Shak, Rich. III, iv, 4, 93.
Some there be that shadows kiss; | Such have but a shadow's Wiss: | There be fools alive, i wis, | Silver'd o'er; and so was this. id, Merch. of Ven, II, 9, 66-69.
Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them. B i b i e, k i n g s, B, vi, 16.
For such there be, but unbelief is blind. Milton, Conus, 519. Those be such desperate, bloody-minded weapons. Sher, Riv, iv, i, (256).
Oh, naughty little Mahomet! in what Turkish paradise afe you now, and where be your houris? Thack, The Four Georges, II, 55. Jigglng parties be all very well, and this, that, and therefore; but a jigging party looks suspicious now. Hardy, Under theGreenw o o d T r e e, i, Ch. vii, 58.
There be times and seasons. Pro v e r b (Thusfrequently in this proverb.) Note the regular use of be in the combination the powers that be, as in:
The shops in Pretoria are still kept open by order of the powers that be. Times.
Shakespeare has a good many instances of be instead of is after to think and one after to hope, but, as he is anything but strict in the use of the subjunctive and indicative, we have no certainty that in these placeswe have to deal with an intentional subjunctive. Compare FRANZ, Shak. G r a m.2, §§ 771, 640; ABBOT, Shak. G r a m.s § 299; and A. Schmidt, S h a k. Lex., s. v. be, 2.
i. I think it be no other but even so. Ha ml, i, 1, 108.