'twere

'twere

 (twûr)
Contraction of it were: "to hold as 'twere the mirror up to nature" (Shakespeare).

'twere

(twɜː; unstressed twə)
contraction of
it were

'twere

(twɜr; unstressed twər)
contraction of it were.
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''Twere a bad job, too, to lose so good a one,' said Stephen.
I ha been thinkin then, Rachael, that as 'tis but a day or two that remains, 'twere better for thee, my dear, not t' be seen wi' me.
Simeon helped Tennyson in his writing of Maud (1855) it is thought, by suggesting he develop "O that 'twere possible." Tennyson got some of the scenery for the poem at Sir John's place at Swainston.
this little model of Sophia With more than human skill limn'd to the life; Each line and lineament of it in the drawing So punctually observed, that, had it motion, In so much 'twere herself.
'Twere better yet to be a butcher, and kill for yourself.
"If it were done," Macbeth says before the murder, "when 'tis done, then 'twere well / It were done quickly." Once in confronting the witches, he asks, "What ist you do?" to be told, "A deed without a name." Before being overwhelmed in Macbeth's evil deeds, Lady Macduff cries out, "I have done no harm"--although, like the Scottish seamen, she will soon "cure to harme." And near the end of the play, Lady Macbeth, who, before the murder, had considered that she herself might have "done the deed," complains in her sleep, "What's done cannot be undone."
I believe in its power to inform about the human condition, its power to heal, its power to hold the mirror as 'twere up to nature, its power to uncover the troths we wrestle from uncertain and sometimes unyielding realities.
If several of Tennyson's contributions ("O that 'twere possible," "Come not, when I am dead," "St.
Then, sir, below, The very floor, as 'twere, waves to and fro, And, like a floating island, seems to move Upon a sea bound in with shores above.
Some lay in dead men's skulls, and in the holes Where eyes did once inhabit, there were crept--As 'twere in scorn of eyes--reflecting gems, That wood the slimy bottom of the deep, And mock'd the dead bones that lay scatter'd by.
After this disingenuous rate 'twere easie to turn the Satyr upon Ages long since past, and railly in his own words, those whom he himself recommends to the Imitation of our present Writers.(14)
(23) Clough feels in a false position even when he does have a meal in College: Yes, I have lied fed On food which does the present craving stay, But may be clean-denied me e'en today, And tho' 'twere certain, yet were ought but bread; (p.