PRONOUNS, PERSONAL. Pronoun in other casesInsertion of Pronoun. Even where there is no intervening conjunctional clause, the pronoun is frequently inserted after a proper name as the subject. More rarely, the subject is a common noun. Still more rarely, the pronoun is inserted after the object. The subject or object stands first, like the title of a book, to call the attention of the reader to what may be said about it. In some passages the transition may be perceived from the exclamatory use
to the semi-exclamation:
“O thy vile lady!
She has robbed me of my sword,
; 1. 10; 1. 26.
“For God he knows.
(So T. G. of V. iv. 4. 112, and
“Where Heaven he knows how we shall answer him.
The object (as in the last example) precedes in
“God, I pray him.
“My sons, God knows what has bechanced them.
) and hence to passages of simple statement:
“Senseless trees they cannot hear thee,
Ruthless beasts they will not cheer thee.
“The skipping king he ambled up and down.
“Of six preceding ancestors that gem
Conferr'd by testament to the sequent issue
Hath it been owed and worn.
But many such passages of simple statement may be regarded as abridgments of the construction with "for," "of," or some other preposition:
“But this same Cassio, though he speak of comfort
Touching the Turkish loss, yet he looks sadly.
“For your intent . . . it is most retrograde to our desires.
So "For (as regards) your brother, he shall go with me," might become
“For my voice, I have lost it with halloing and singing of
; Rich. II. ii. 2. 80; 1 Hen. IV. ii. 4. 442. So
“Your brother he shall go along with me.
“Of Salisbury, who can report of him?