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An English Grammar By William Malone Baskervill Characters: 344

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227. After a verb of wishing, the subjunctive is regularly used in the dependent clause.

The transmigiation of souls is no fable. I would it were! -Emerson.

Bright st

ar! Would I were steadfast as thou art!-Keats.

I've wished that little isle had wings,

And we, within its fairy bowers,

Were wafted off to seas unknown.

-Moore.

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