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IRREGULARITIES. Transposition of prepositions

Transposition of Prepositions in Relative and other clauses. We now dislike using such transpositions as

“The late demand that you did sound me in.

“Betwixt that smile we would aspire to.

“A thousand men that fishes gnawed upon.

“Found thee a way out of his wreck to rise in.

But it may be traced to E. E. (203), and is very common in Shakespeare, particularly in Hen. VIII., where we even find

“Where no mention
Of me must more be heard of.

It has been said above (203) that the dissyllabic forms of prepositions are peculiarly liable to these transpositions. Add to the above examples:

“Like a falcon towering in the skies,
Coucheth the fowl below.

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