PREPOSITIONS. Prepositions transposedPrepositions: transposed. (See also Upon.) In A.-S. and E. E. prepositions are often placed after their objects. In some cases the preposition may be considered as a separable part of a compound transitive verb. Thus in “Ne how the Grekes with a huge route
Three times riden all the fire aboute,” CHAUC. C. T. 2954. "ride about" may be considered a transitive verb, having as its object "fire." Naturally, emphatic forms of prepositions were best suited for this emphatic place at the end of the sentence; and therefore, though "to," "tyll," "fro," "with," "by," "fore," were thus transposed, yet the longer forms, "untylle," "before," "behind," "upon," "again," were preferred. Hence in the Elizabethan period, when the transposition of the weaker prepositions was not allowed, except in the compound words "whereto," "herewith," &c. (compare "se-cum, quo-cum") the longer forms are still, though rarely, transposed. For this reason, "with," when transposed, is emphasized into "withal." The prepositions "after," "before," and "upon," are thus transposed by Shakespeare:
; iii. 6. 55, for "'fore God."
So “I need not sing this them until (unto).” HEYWOOD.
“Hasten your generals after.
“For fear lest day should look their shames upon.
“That bare-foot plod I the cold ground upon.
The use of prepositions after the relative, which is now somewhat avoided, but is very common in E. E., is also common in Shakespeare, and is evidently better adapted to the metre than the modern idiom, as far as regards the longer forms. "Upon which" is not so easily metricized as
“For my good will is to't,
And yours it is against.
“Ten thousand men that fishes gnawed upon.
“The pleasure that some fathers feed upon.