Whence <sprung> this difference?

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Hi there,

" I looked on these; I turned my gaze to my own mean dress.--Whence sprung this difference? Whence but from ingratitude, from falsehood, from a dereliction on the part of the prince's father, of all noble sympathy and generous feeling."

Volume I, Chapter 2 | Romantic Circles

Should the underlined "sprung" be replaced with "sprang"? Or it was acceptable in the past?


  • entangledbank

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    English - South-East England
    Yes, 'sprang' and 'sprung' were both used as simple past. Even today several verbs allow both forms: sank and sunk, span and spun, shrank and shrunk.

    cross-posted A concealed pluperfect is also possible.
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