the specific meaning of the line  "Fear wist not to evade, as Love wist to pursue". What does 'wist' mean here?

Update:

It appears twice in Frances Thompson's amazing the Hound of Heaven

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  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    In this case, wist is an archaic variant of 'wish'. The meaning of 'to know,' especially in the past tense, wouldn't quite make sense here. Compare the word 'wistful,' which does not mean 'knowledgeable.'

    Wish not to evade Fear, but do wish to pursue Love.

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  • John P
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    "Wist" is an old word meaning "knew". In German the verb 'to know' is 'wissen'.

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  • JOHN
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    Check out this web page for the underlying meaning of the poem and for detailed commentary and analysis.

    https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=OeOJAAAAQBAJ&p...

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  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    "Wist" is the past tense of an old verb "to wit," which means "to know." So "wist" means "knew."

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  • 9 months ago

    no way dude but ill try again one day

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