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PREPOSITIONS. Of == "as a consequence of" where we use "by," "on," "at," &c.

Of, meaning "from," passes naturally into the meaning "resulting from," "as a consequence of."

“Of force.

; 1 Hen. IV. iii. 2. 120.

“Of no right.

“Bold of your worthiness.

“We were dead of sleep.

“And of that natural luck
He beats thee 'gainst the odds.

Hence "What shall become of this?" M. Ado, iv. 1. 211; T. N./title> ii. 1. 37, means "what will be the consequence of this?"

So "by means of:"

“And thus do we of wisdom and of reach
By indirection find direction out.

While by is used of external agencies, of is used of internal motives, thus:

“Comest thou hither by chance, or of devotion?

“The king of his own royal disposition.

“Of purpose to obscure my noble birth.

“Art thou a messenger, or come of pleasure?

Sometimes "out of" is thus used:

“But thou hast forced me,
Out of thy honest truth, to play the woman.

Of, "as a result of," is used as a result for "with the aid of," "with," or "at."

“That . . . she be sent over of the King of England's cost.

“Of the city's cost, the conduit shall run nothing but claret wine.” Ib. iv. 6. 3.

Hence the modern phrase "To die of hunger."

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