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ARTICLE. The omitted before nouns defined by other nouns

The was frequently omitted before a noun already defined by another noun, especially in prepositional phrases.

“In number of our friends.

“Since death of my dearest mother.

“At heel of that defy him.

“In absence of thy friend.

“To sternage of their navy.

“To relief of lazars.” Ib. i. 1. 15. “For honour of our land.” Ib. iii. 5. 22.

“Thy beauty's form in table of my heart.

“Some beauty peep'd through lattice of sear'd age.

“Forage in blood of French nobility.

“In cradle of the rude imperious surge.

“Proving from world's minority their right.

“On most part of their fleet.

So 1 Hen. VI. i. 2. 77; 2 Hen. VI. i. 2. 36, 79; Rich. II. i. 3. 136. We could say "in season," but not

“We at (the right) time of (the) year
Do wound the bark.

So even in Pope: “Alas, young man, your days can ne'er be long;
In flower of age you perish for a song.” POPE, Imit. Hor. i. 102.

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