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PREPOSITIONS. On for "of" in the sense of "about," &c.

On is frequently used where we use "of" in the sense of "about," &c. Thus above, "jealous on," and in Sonn. 84, "Fond on praise." In Early English (Stratmann) we have "On witchcraft I know nothing." "What shall become on me?" "Denmark won nothing on him." Compare--

“Enamour'd on his follies.

“His lands which he stood seized on. 1

“Or have we eaten on the insane root?

“He is so much made on here.

“What think you on't.

Note the indifferent use of on and "of" in

“God have mercy on his soul
And of all Christian souls.

The use of on in

“Intended or committed was this fault?
If on the first,--I pardon thee,

is illustrated by “My gracious uncle, let me know my fault,
On what condition stands it.” Ib. ii. 3. 107.

1 Globe, "of."

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