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PREPOSITIONS. For == "as regards;" "because of," referring to the past

For, from meaning "in front of," came naturally to mean "in behalf of," "for the sake of," "because of."

“Yet I must not (kill Banquo openly),
For certain friends that are both his and mine.

i.e. "because of certain friends."

This use was much more common than with us. When we refer to the past we generally use "because of," reserving for for the future. Compare, on the other hand:

“O be not proud, nor brag not of thy might,
For mastering her that foil'd the God of fight.

“He gave it out that he must depart for certain news.” N. P. 179.

“No way to that, for weakness, which she enter'd.

i.e. "no way can be compared for weakness with that," &c.

"Of divers humours one must be chiefly predominant, but it is not with so full an advantage but, for the volubilitie and supplenes of the mind, the weaker may be occasion reobtaine the place again."--MONTAIGNE, 116.

For is similarly used with an ellipse of "I lay a wager" in

“Now, for my life, she's wandering to the Tower.

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