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Hamp. Prose Treatises p. 32, it na lis to hym to do many gud werkis.

Merlin 412/7, thei fonde the loigginges well stuffed of al 1 that neded to man.

Wyclif, Mat. XIV 6, The dou,~ter of Erodias... pleside to Eronde.

Id. Mark VI 22, the dou.~ter of thilke Erodias hadde entrid yn, and lepte, and pleside to Eroude.

Merlin 123'34, nener wolde he... do nothynge that scholde to hym displese.

Caxton, Reynard, p. 39, thenne shewde he them lettres that plesyd moche to bruyn.

Wyclif, Mat. XVII 25, Symount, what semeth to thee?

Id. Ibid. XXII 17, Therfore seie to ve, what it semeth to thee.

ld. Ibid XXI 28 & XXII 42, what semeth to -011.■

Destr. of Troy, 2130, it sittes vs, as semith to me, ffor to purvey a pepull pruddest of werre.

Ibid. 4868, hit se mis vtito vs ]>ai are felcr of folkc.

Cursor Mundi 950 T, ]>i lif shal pinkc longe to pc.

Ayenbite p. 184, hit J>ing/> to pe fole |iet he is ine ri.~,te waye.

Two M. E. Hist. from Heil I 49, Woo bc to them, what-soo-euer they be.

Gesta Rom. p 15, Harl., woo bc now to ine and to pc; cf. Add., 7voo is the and me.

Ibid. p. 231, Harl. Al der moder, now is ivoo to 'J02V I nowe.

41. The above examples, if considered in connection with what lias been said in $ 2, show us that a verb that originally governed a dative, nrght develop in two direclions, and inight consequently give rise to two different constructions, viz:.

cl. the dative might become a nominative and the subject of the verb;

b. the verb might continue to govern its dative complement, which, however, became prepositional.

It is clear that verbs which were originally accompanied by an accusative.were not capable of such a twofold developïnent.