“Were’t not affection chains thy tender days
To the sweet glances of thy honour’d love,
I rather would entreat thy company” (Two Gentlemen of Verona)
“As the free elements. And then for her
To win the Moor, were’t to renounce his baptism,
All seals and symbols of redeemed sin,” (Othello)
What does were’t mean, “were it”?
Furthermore, is the verse: “Were’t not affection chains thy tender days”, correct? I mean, why “chains” and not “chaining”? Wouldn’t it be correct to use the verb form of “chaining” here?