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Lighter Clerk Saunders Herd's Manuscripts (20) RE: Clerk Saunders Herd's Manuscripts 11 Aug 20

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.

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