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While reading the poem "Paradise Lost" by John Milton, I came across the usage of the word satst. Can anyone tell me what it means? I can gather what the other words imply, but for this one I needed some clarification.

[...] Dove-like satst brooding on the vast Abyss [...]

Paradise Lost (London, 1674)

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Please provide the context in which it is being used. –  coleopterist Sep 12 '12 at 8:48
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I agree with @coleopterist – you should at least give us a modest excerpt, so that we don't all have to go looking for the poem, and then through the poem, just to help you out. Also, while you're editing your question, please use proper capitilization for "i", and for the poet's name as well. –  J.R. Sep 12 '12 at 8:55

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It is an archaic formal second person past tense of "to sit," and should not be used in current English.

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+1 It becomes clearer when printed as sat'st. –  Barrie England Sep 12 '12 at 9:26
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@BarrieEngland: well, your version reminds me of Cthulhu. :) –  Sergio Tulentsev Sep 12 '12 at 11:54
    
+1 well defined. –  Kris Sep 12 '12 at 12:21
    
Is the 'st ending formal or familiar? My memory is telling me thee / thou (as in "thou satst on a tuffet") is familiar while you is formal. –  The Photon Sep 12 '12 at 16:56

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