Howe'er by stealth to snatch the corse away, We will not:

nkaper

Senior Member
russian
The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Iliad of Homer by Homer
Title: The Iliad of Homer
Author: Homer


But mine, and every god's peculiar grace Hector deserves, of all the Trojan race: Still on our shrines his grateful offerings lay,(The only honours men to gods can pay,)
Nor ever from our smoking altar ceased The pure libation, and the holy feast: Howe'er by stealth to snatch the corse away, We will not: Thetis guards it night and day.

Is the normal word order of this part "however, we will not snatch the corse away by stealth", and "to" in the inverted original needed only to introduce the verb "snatch"? Or the normal word order is "however, we will not to snatch the corse away by stealth" with 'to' included?

Thanks in advance.
 
  • velisarius

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    British English (Sussex)
    However, [to snatch the corpse away] is something we don't want to do.

    I think it's a noun clause (fronted for emphasis), and "we will not" is an elided form of the above.
     
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