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PREPOSITIONS. For, transition into a conjunction

For, in the sense of "because of," is found not only governing a noun, but also governing a clause:

“You may not so extenuate his offence
For I have had such faults.

i.e. "because I have had such faults."

“('Tis ungrateful) to be thus opposite with heaven,
For (because) it requires the royal debt it lent you.

So Othello, i. 3. 269; Cymb. iv. 2. 129. And parenthetically very frequently:

“The canker-blossoms have as deep a dye
As the perfumed tincture of the roses,
But for their virtue only is their shew,
They live unwoo'd, and unrespected fade.

“Oh, it is as lawful,
For we would give much, to use violent thefts.

i.e. to rob, "because we wish to be generous."

With the future, for meant "in order that."

“And, for the time shall not seem tedious,
I'll tell thee what befel me.

The desire of clearness and emphasis led to the addition of because. “But for because it liketh well our eyes.” N. P. Pref.

“And for because the world is populous.

Comp. "but only," "more better," &c.

For, when thus followed by a verb, like after, before, &c. ("after he came," "before he went"), is called a conjunction. It is often, like other prepositions (287) thus used, followed by "that." Coriol. iii. 3. 93, &c. The two uses occur together in the following passage, which well illustrates the transition of for:

“I hate him for he is a Christian,
But more for that . . . he lends, &c.

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