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vkhu
Posted: Saturday, September 30, 2017 1:32:48 PM
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I fancy they follow in the lines the Kanaka missionary marked out, and have a kind of mockery of a rational life, poor beasts! There's something they call the Law. Sing hymns about ‘all thine.’

~The Island of Doctor Moreau


Here Dr. Moreau is talking about how the man-turned beasts he created have a prayer of sort. What I don't get is the phrase "all thine." There are several occasions in the book where parts of the hymn is shown, but there isn't anything related to it. Is this "all thine" thing a Christian reference?

Here's the hymn for your reference:
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“Not to go on all-fours; that is the Law. Are we not Men?
“Not to suck up Drink; that is the Law. Are we not Men?
“Not to eat Fish or Flesh; that is the Law. Are we not Men?
“Not to claw the Bark of Trees; that is the Law. Are we not Men?
“Not to chase other Men; that is the Law. Are we not Men?”

“His is the House of Pain.
“His is the Hand that makes.
“His is the Hand that wounds.
“His is the Hand that heals.”
Eoin Riedy
Posted: Saturday, September 30, 2017 2:09:26 PM

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Right. The hymnody referred to here is Christian hymnody. Thine is an archaic form of the pronoun "yours". Wells assumes the reader will understand the object of the pronoun to be God. "Father, to Thee a joyful song we raise. With all Thine own; And in Thy presence sound a note of praise." He is saying that to the man-turned beasts he is God.
Kirill Vorobyov
Posted: Monday, October 02, 2017 5:39:27 AM

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I - me - my - mine
Thou - thee - thy - thine (you - your - yours)

Are there similar archaic forms in other persons?
E.g.
He - him - his - his - Any archaic version of these pronouns?
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