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    #1

    if I would but receive

    https://books.google.com.tw/books?id...%80%9D&f=false

    He said if I would but receive,
    He'd give me all I need.

    What does but mean in the above quotation?
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    #2

    Re: if I would but receive

    It means "only", as it does in the first line too.

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    Re: if I would but receive

    "If only" is used to express a wish. Have a look at meaning #2 here:
    http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/de...only?q=if+only

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