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PREPOSITIONS. Of with verbs of construction, &c.; sometimes means "instead of"

Of is hence used not merely of the agent but also of the instrument. This is most common with verbs of construction, and of filling; because in construction and filling the result is not merely effected with the instrument, but proceeds out of it. We still retain of with verbs of construction and adjectives of fulness; but the Elizabethans retained of with verbs of fulness also.

“Supplied of kernes and gallow-glasses.

“I am provided of a torch-bearer.

“You are not satisfied of these events.” Ib. v. 1. 297.

“Mettle--whereof thy proud child arrogant man is puffed.

“Mixt partly of Mischief and partly of Remedy.” B. E. 114. Hence “Flies
Whose woven wings the summer dyes
Of many colours.” B. and F. Fair Sh. v. 1.

Of with verbs of construction from "out of" sometimes assumes the meaning of "instead of."

“Made peace of enmity, fair love of hate.

And with "become:"

“(Henry) is of a king become a banish'd man.

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