Man, if man you be in heart, not adamant, forbear that wicked cant until you have discovered what the surplus is, and where it is.

what is the meaning of 'man you be in heart'?

what is the meaning of 'forbear that wicked cant'?

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    It's cant (a noun), not can't. – green_ideas Dec 18 '17 at 21:49

The "if" is important. It introduces a clause expressing a statement not known to be true. In older forms of English, such clauses used subjunctive forms of the word "be."

So the clause means "if you are a man (which is not necessarily true) rather than a stone."

  • can you answer second question? – user66705 Dec 18 '17 at 18:23
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    "To forbear" is a word not much used today, but means "to refrain," "to not do." "Cant" means "sanctimonious speech." So the phrase means "stop that false moralizing." – Jeff Morrow Dec 18 '17 at 21:44

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