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Tennyson - "And vile it 'were' for three suns to store and hold myself"

How can this phrase be interpreted?

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bulilia updated 28 December
It seems Lord Tennyson used one of the of 'Irrealis moods' which Wiki defines as 'the set of grammatical moods that indicate that something is not actually the case or a certain situation or action is not known to have happened. They are any verb or sentence mood that are not realis moods. They may be part of expressions of necessity, possibility, requirement, wish or desire, fear, or as part of counterfactual reasonings, etc.'. Anyway, this form is not common in everyday speech and belongs to poetic means.
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