Within Shakespeare’s “The Tragedy of Anthony and Cleopatra…
‘Caesar’ says, ‘he which is was wished until he were’.
It hath been taught us from the primal state
That he which is was wished until he were”.
‘My humble interpretation is, when one wants
to become someone different
for example, if he desires to be affluent
and assumes he is the man he wishes to be
it will harden into fact
and in time will become his wish fulfilled’ ~ your author