I'm trying to come up with a list of differences between Shakespeare's manner of writing and modern English, and one of the big differences I've noticed is that Shakespeare often seems to put adverbial phrases and objects before the verb, whereas in modern English we generally (always?) put them after the verb.
Examples from Hamlet:
Adverbial phrases preceding the verb:
- If with too credent ear you list his songs; (...)
- Youth to itself rebels, (...)
- Do not as some ungracious pastors do, show me the steep and thorny way to heaven, (...)
- To thine ownself be true
Objects preceding the verb:
- I shall th' effect of this good lesson keep, (...)
- Neither a borrower nor a lender be.
My question is whether this was common in spoken English of the time, or if it was more of an artsy thing that would appear in plays and written English.