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Late instances are found in Wright's Chaste Wife 555; Blanchardyn 156/10; Robyn Hood 883 & 1031 \ Battle of Otterb. (Percy) 44.

6. Longen.

67* As this verb originally governed an accusative, a C construction could, of conrse, not develop from ït. Moreover, it does not appear to have been subject to any special influences, so that its syntactical history can be stated in a few words.

The earnest of the approaching change is found in a Southern production, viz. in the Passion of our Lord, from Jesus MS., date bet ween 1244 and 1250. (O. E. Misc.):

He wes swyjie of-longed to his fader blysse (line 14).

The first real D constructions are:

c. 1320 Cursor Mundi 10548 C, |ian sal l»ou find |tin husband Jiar, |>at jtou has langed efter sare; the other MSS. similar.

Ibid. 20306, He wil noght lang {>at i be her, the other MSS. similar.

My next instance is one from a South Midland production:

1300-'50 Gastel off Loue 1340, Jtorw his Godhede his soule eoade }>idere for liise jiat hedden neode Jtat ."ore hadden hem a-bide And sore tangeden to gon him mide.

Before the end of the 14H1 century the D construction had become quite usual.

1369 Chaucer, Rook of the Duch. 83, She longed so af ter the king That certes, hit were a pitous thing To tel le.

1385- 6 Leg. of G. W. 2260, On a day she gan so sore

Ion ge To seen her suster.

1386-? Cant. T. A 12, Than longen folk to goon on pi 1 grimages.

1393 Gower, Conf. Am. II 1424, He ne longeth al so sore, To wite what him schal betide.

Ibid. II 2393, I ne wolde longe er this Of other mannes love.

1435 Fire of Love 26/22, in hym-self hc longis & nerhand he faylis for swetnes.

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