Past indicative of (m): from (etyl) (m), from (etyl) . Compare (m).
* a''1796 , , "Bonie Jean: A Ballad", in ''Poems and Songs , P.F. Collier & Son (1909–14), Bartleby.com (2001), [http://www.bartleby.com/6/419.html],
- And lang ere witless Jeanie wist , / Her heart was tint, her peace was stown!
A misunderstanding, or a joking use of the past indicative of (m): from (etyl) (m), from (etyl) . Compare (m).
(nonstandard, pseudo-archaic) To know, be aware of.
) This use of wist
was never a part of the regular English language; rather, it resulted from the erroneous attempted use of archaisms.