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
- ‘Then pray consent & make me thine, to save from death your Valentine.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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?’
- ‘It is status symbol, emblem of success, a marker that separates me from thee, mine from thine, my worth from your worthlessness.’
- ‘Son of George, with what art thou now again discontent, or what lack is thine?’
- ‘inquire into thine own heart’form of thy used before a vowel
- ‘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.’
- ‘Now, tell me where in ‘love thine enemies‘does intolerance and blind hatred belong?’
- ‘They contain small packets of rice, along with the biblical inscription ‘If thine enemies hunger, feed them.’’
- ‘I was brought up to believe in ‘to thine own self be true‘.’
- ‘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.’
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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