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preface something by something

to begin something by saying, writing, or reading something. I would like to preface my prepared remarks by making a personal observation. Her remarks were prefaced by the reading of a poem.
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preface something with something

to begin something with a particular message. She prefaced her speech with a recitation of one of her favorite poems. Alice prefaced her remarks with a few personal comments.
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Barres demande a Rachilde de prefacer un livre d'ou l'homme est exclu.
In the particular instance, I would wonder why the one-page prefacer is cited there while I and my opus are relegated to the back.
destine a prefacer ses oeuvres comme l'a pretendu Edmond Bazire son
Le marquis se reclamait, pour inscrire le texte dans une quelconque tradition litteraire, d'une aieule du XVIIe siecle, Jeanne de Vallon-Chalys, a qui il attribuait une notice ecrite pour prefacer les poemes et dans laquelle Clotilde figurait, parmi une filiation de femmes pontes remontant de Marie de France jusqu'a une certaine Pulcherie, mere de Clotilde.