I’m reading an article by Joseph Addison, The Tatler #108, dated December 17, 1709. He says:
The finest authors of antiquity have taken him on the more advantageous side. They cultivate the natural grandeur of the soul, raise in her a generous ambition, feed her with hopes of immortality and perfection, and do all they can to widen the partition between the virtuous and the vicious, by making the difference betwixt them as great as between gods and brutes.
Why doesn’t he use ‘it’?