deontic "will"

Nicholas Ostler nostler at CHIBCHA.DEMON.CO.UK
Tue Aug 7 20:46:28 UTC 2001

There's a fair amount of deontic "will" in the following little
competitive witticisms between Oxford and Cambridge:

On George I's donation of the Bishop of Ely's library to Cambridge:

Joseph Trapp:

The King observing with judicious eyes
The state of both his universities
To Oxford sent a troop of horse.  For why?
That learned body wanted loyalty.
To Cambridge books as very well discerning
How much that loyal body wanted learning.

Sir William Browne, replied:

The King to Oxford sent a troop of horse,
For Tories own no argument but force.
With equal skill to Cambridge books he sent,
For Whigs admit no force but argument.

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