One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘his spirit will take courage from thine’archaic form of yours; the thing or things belonging to or associated with thee
- ‘And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory for ever and ever.’
- ‘It is status symbol, emblem of success, a marker that separates me from thee, mine from thine, my worth from your worthlessness.’
- ‘O light of my life, o most beautiful goddess, who doth hold my heart and soul, would it please thee to give this gift unto me, this most miserable servant of thine?’
- ‘Son of George, with what art thou now again discontent, or what lack is thine?’
- ‘Then pray consent & make me thine, to save from death your Valentine.’
- ‘inquire into thine own heart’form of thy used before a vowel
- ‘They contain small packets of rice, along with the biblical inscription ‘If thine enemies hunger, feed them.’’
- ‘Now, tell me where in ‘love thine enemies‘does intolerance and blind hatred belong?’
- ‘And of course, ‘know thine enemy’ is a classic maxim used by all engaged in battle in order to get the upper hand and defeat their enemy.’
- ‘Remember, Jesus says ‘I come not to bring peace but a sword’, and ‘if thine eye offend you, gouge it out’ - all very jolly, I must say.’
- ‘I was brought up to believe in ‘to thine own self be true‘.’
The use of thine is still found in some traditional dialects but elsewhere it is restricted to archaic contexts. See also thou
Old English thīn, of Germanic origin; related to German dein, also to thou.
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