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    "I win sit"

    "But I win sit and hearken, and be glad that through you great beauty has been wakened into song" (J.R.R. Tolkien, Silmarillion)

    Could you tell me what's the function of "win" here? Or it is an archaism? I have not found any dictionary which notes that after "win" we can put a verb in infinitive.

    I guess that the meaning is, "I will sit and hearken," or "I shall sit and hearken," yet I am sure that it is not a misspelling...

    Thank you :)

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    Re: "I win sit"

    Ooo, I'd rather say "Could you tell me what the function of... is". Ooo.

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    Re: "I win sit"

    It can have a meaning of desire/wish:
    http://www.bartleby.com/61/roots/IE568.html

    That's the closest I can get.

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