antedating of y'all (1704)

David Parker dparker at KENNESAW.EDU
Fri Jan 17 20:25:33 UTC 2014

---- Because I’ve seen
This Day, what ’tis to hope to be a Queen!
Heav’n, how y’all watch’d each Motion of her eye!

John Dryden, _ The conquest of Granada by the Spaniards. Acted at the Theatre-Royal_.   London: printed for J. Tonson, and T. Bennet: and sold by J. Knapton at the Crown in St. Paul's Church-Yard, G. Strahan and W. Davis over-against the Royal Exchange in Cornhill, 1704.   P. 13

But according to WorldCat, this play was first published in 1672 "in the Savoy, Printed by T.N. for Henry Herringman, and are to be sold at the Anchor in the Lower Walk of the New Exchange."

Again, from Gale's Eighteenth Century Collections Online.

And now, back to my real work.

David B. Parker
Professor of History
Assistant Chair,
  Dept. of History & Philosophy
Kennesaw State University

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