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On Tue, 20 Oct 1998, Nik Taylor wrote:

> Also, did Old English have "be + dative" for I have?  Is that the source
> of Modern English "woe is me"?  That is "woe is (to) me" = "I have woe"
> = "I am woeful"?  It's certainly not a simple identity, it's not *"I am
> woe".

I don't know anything about Old English, but I wouldn't be surprised
if you'd hit the nail on the head.  Certainly the German equivalent
"Weh ist mir" is a be+dative construction.

Matt.