Posted by Laura W on July 03, 1998 at 12:54:05:
In response to Not quite so simple., written by Caroline on July 02, 1998 at 22:46:35
] The reason why "Thee" and "Thou" are used to adress God is because it is the singular. If plural, "Ye" would be used.
] Interestingly, the "Ye" form was originaly pronounced "thee" because the anglo-saxon letter for "th" looks like a "Y"
That explains why "ye" is used in letters of the 17th century as "the" as well as you. Example:
"Ye shall send to Alderman lodge for sentloe and shall put hir in aw of dyvers matters confessed by ye lady Catheryne and so also deal with hir that she confess to yow all hir knoledg in the same matters, it is certayne that there hath bene great practises and purposes and sence ye death of ye lady Jane, she hath bene most privy and as ye shall see occasion so ye may kepe sentlow II or III nights more or less."
--Sir William Cecil to Sir Edward Warner (the Lieutenant of the Tower), on the occasion of Queen Elizabeth's discovering Lady Catherine Grey's marriage to Edward Seymour (without her permission). "sentloe" is Lady St. Loe, aka Bess of Harwick. Sir William St. Loe was her third husband. She was implicated in the Lady Catherine affair but no evidence of her involvement survives, and she was released from the Tower after 31 weeks.
- Any relation of Lady Jane Grey? *nfm* Constanza 17:25:41 7/03/98 (3)
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