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PRONOUNS, PERSONAL. Pronoun for pronominal adjective

Pronoun for pronominal adjective. The pronominal adjectives his, their, being originally possessive inflections of he, they, &c., were generally used in E. E. possessively or subjectively, i.e. "his wrongs" would naturally mean then "the wrongs done by him," not "to him." Hence, for objective genitives, "of" was frequently introduced, a usage which sometimes extended to subjective genitives. Hence

“The kindred of him hath been flesh'd upon us.

“Tell thou the lamentable tale of me.

“The native mightiness and fate of him.

“Against the face of them.” Psalm xxi. 12.

It is used, perhaps, for antithesis in

“Let her be made
As miserable by the death of him
As I am made by my poor lord and thee.

“O world, thou wast the forest to this heart,
And this indeed, O world, the heart of thee.

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