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The transition from the impersonal to the personal construction in Middle English

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St. Gu{»lac 60/8, Him najfre syWan seo adl ne eg/ode (from Bosw. T.)

7. god, betra, betst beon, witli dative.

Matthew XVII 4 C & H, god is us hpr to beonne; Lind., god is us her to wosanne; Rushw., god his Jast we her sie.

Cura Past. 397/17, god bid men |»aet he sie butan wife; Ibid. 397/18, god bid mannum kut eelc ha:bbe his agen wif.

Ibid. 30/16 him zvcere betre Jiaet him wcere sumu esuleweorn to \iem swiran getigged = Mark XI 42, C & H betere him wcere jieet an cweorn — stan wtere to his swuran (H sweoren) gecnyt; Lind., god & betra is him ... R., god is him.

Mark IX 43, 45, 47 C & H., betere jte is ]>at . . . Lind. & Rushw. god is de, exc. v. 43, where Lind. reads betra & god is de.

Mat. XXVI 24 C & H, Betere wcere pam men |i;et hc naefre naere acenned. Lind., god were him . . .; Rushw., god him wccre . . .

Cura Past. 274/12, se wisa swiga&, o\ he ongitt ?vaet him bid bettre to sprecanne.

Blickl. Hom. 25/25, him wcere betere ]>at he najfre geboren ngere.

Battle of Maldon 31, eow betere is Jxet ge ftisn garnus mid gafole forgyldon.

Alfred, Boethius 54/29, he teohhaJ. {»set him sie betst.

Alfred's Soliloquies 164/24, hwile good him were betst to donne & hwile yfel betst to forletende (from Wülfing, Synt. 1. d. Werken Alf. d. Gr. II, 1, p. 201). 8. hreowan, 'cause sorrow; grieve, afflict, trouble', with

dative, or with accusative.

a. with dat.

Gu|»lac 783, Him |iait ne hreowed .ufter hingonge.

Past. Care 417/1, Him nan yfel 11e hreoivj).

Ibid. 429/17, hit him ne hreow[).

Boethius 190/30, him his yfel ne hreowit.

Laws (Ecgb. Conf.) 158/7, Donne hreowe/t hire vVx-t heo hire gehat ne gefylde (from Bosw. T.).