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Thread #168376   Message #4068003
Posted By: Lighter
11-Aug-20 - 01:19 PM
Thread Name: Clerk Saunders Herd's Manuscripts
Subject: RE: Clerk Saunders Herd's Manuscripts
No idiom, just a simple reversal of phrases for emphasis and to allow the rhyme:

"And I wot he has garred iron gae through and through Clerk Saunders' body."

Compare, for example, Longfellow:

"Under the spreading chestnut tree, the village smithy stands."

Reverse the phrases, and it's suddenly normal, if blah.