Date: Thu, 16 Nov 1995 17:18:13 -0500 From: "Suzanne Legault: English" Subject: Re: Xmas pronouns Subj: Xmas pronouns >How would you parse "God rest ye merry gentlemen"? so that {ye} is a nominal >plural rather than dative/accus as object of {bless}? In an old-fashioned Reed & Kellogg diagram, "rest" is a transitive verb which takes both a direct object, "ye" [yes, it should be objective "you," but allowances must be made for confusion on the archaisers' part] and an object(ive) complement, "merry, " while "gentlemen" is a vocative, outside the structure of the main sentence. The lack of a third-person singular marker on "rest" indicates a hortatory subjunctive. The punctuation in this analysis: "God rest you/ye merry, Gentlemen! Let nothing *you* dismay. . . ."