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PREPOSITIONS. In where we use "at"

In. We still say "it lies in your power." But we find also--

“And the offender's life lies in the mercy
Of the duke only,

where we now should use at. This example illustrates the apparently capricious change in the use of prepositions.

We should now use at instead of in and of, in

“In night and on the court and guard of safety.

and

“What! in a town of war. 1

Ib. 213.

"In-round" (O. Fr. "en rond") is used for the more modern "a-round" in “They compassed him in round among themselves.” N. P. 192. But probably "round" is for "around." Compare "compassed him in."--A. V. 2 Chron. xxi. 9.

1 But "towns of war," Hen. V. ii. 4. 7, means "garrisoned towns," and so probably here, like our "man of war."

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