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Thread #134391   Message #3057666
Posted By: Marje
20-Dec-10 - 04:54 AM
Thread Name: Burns lyric query - 'And All That"
Subject: RE: Burns lyric query
Ah, I see what you mean, Joe - you were pointing out that "who" in your example stands for "her who" or "whoever" (whereas I thought you meant the omission of words after "will".)

But I'm still not quite buying it. It's easy for a modern speaker/reader to understand your example as "Let whoever will...", whereas the Burns example doesn't follow that pattern, and leaves the reader scurrying through the rest of the verse looking for something to follow "Is there..?" It's then tempting to read the word "who" as if it relates to "poverty", which just adds to the confusion.

And your recent post shows that the two constructions aren't the same. But now I know what the Burns song really means, I can sing it with my head held high. (Well, I might if I ever get round to learning the rest of it).