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PREPOSITIONS. With for "like;" withal

Withal, the emphatic form of "with" (see "all"), is used for with after the object at the end of a sentence. Mostly, the object is a relative.

“These banish'd men that I have kept withal.


“With whom I have lived.

“And this is false you burden me withal.

i.e. "this with which you burden me."

“Such a fellow is not to be talk'd withal.

Sometimes "this" is understood after withal, so that it means "with all this," and is used adverbially:

“So glad of this as they I cannot be
Who are surprised withal.

i.e. "surprised with, or at, this." Here however, perhaps, and elsewhere certainly, with means "in addition to," and "with-all (this)" means "besides."

“I must have liberty withal.

“Adding withal.

But in

“I came hither to acquaint you withal,

there is no meaning of "besides," and withal means "therewith," "with it."

Withal follows its object, but is (on account of the "all" at the end of the previous verse) not placed at the end of the sentence, in

“Even all I have, yea, and myself and all
Will I withal endow a child of thine.

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