Related to shouldst: mayst, didst, shalt


 (sho͝od′ĭst) or shouldst (sho͝odst)
aux.v. Archaic
A second person singular past tense of shall.


(ʃʊdst) or


archaic or dialect (used with the pronoun: thou or its relative equivalent) a form of the past tense of shall


(ʃʊdst, ʃʊtst)

also should•est

(ˈʃʊd ɪst)

Archaic. 2nd pers. sing. past of shall.
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if the prayers of a heart-broken father could avail thee now, how blessed shouldst thou be
Boy," he said, "what hast thou to say as to why thou shouldst not be killed as these men demand?
The Itongo in the woman was a Spirit King and ordered her to kill thee; thou shouldst then have let thyself be killed.
Hast thou turnd the least of these To flight, or if to fall, but that they rise Unvanquisht, easier to transact with mee That thou shouldst hope, imperious, & with threats To chase me hence?
Of these he will give thee thy choice, with every thing else that can furnish thee forth for the tournament: when it is over, thou wilt return them safely unless thou shouldst have wherewith to pay their value to the owner.
Here, brother Sancho Panza," said Don Quixote when he saw it, "we may plunge our hands up to the elbows in what they call adventures; but observe, even shouldst thou see me in the greatest danger in the world, thou must not put a hand to thy sword in my defence, unless indeed thou perceivest that those who assail me are rabble or base folk; for in that case thou mayest very properly aid me; but if they be knights it is on no account permitted or allowed thee by the laws of knighthood to help me until thou hast been dubbed a knight.
Heed," said the mother rose, "daughter mine, Why shouldst thou seek for beauty not thine?
But Heaven forbid that thou shouldst take aught of me
Nay," cried he, "stay awhile, for I would thou shouldst see my brothers, who own these fair horned beasts with me.
Behold, Nature ashamed, or, better to express, Troubled, that thou shouldst hunger, hath purveyed From all the elements her choicest store, To treat thee as beseems, and as her Lord With honour.
9) Fennor, to his credit, reminds Taylor that poetry is hardly his to defend, "no better than a Poets Whelpe"; he calls him the social climber, "so base and desperate, / Thou wouldst turn Hangman to aduance thy state"; chides Taylor's unseemly "rayling" as the reason he lacks Fennor's preferment; and, predictably, belittles Taylor's trade in turn, urging him not to "descant vppon Court and King, / Twere fitter thou shouldst of a sculler sing.
Such shouldst thou still become, thy Self all permeable to a holier power