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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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He wrote many of his own prefaces and introductions; prominent examples include an excised "Author's Preface" to The Torrents of Spring (along with his many "Notes to the Reader" throughout the published text), an abandoned preface to "The Lost Generation/A Novel" (what would become The Sun Also Rises), the "Introduction by the Author" to the first Scribners printing of In Our Time ("On the Quai at Smyrna" in subsequent printings), his foreword to Green Hills of Africa, the preface for The Fifth Column and the First Forty-Nine Stories, and his introductions to Men at War (1942), Scribner's 1948 illustrated edition of A Farewell to Arms, and A Moveable Feast (along with several abandoned fragments collected in A Moveable Feast: The Restored Edition).
To this end, we will analyse the prefaces of two of the most significant English grammars of the eighteenth century, namely, Robert Lowth's (1762)A Short Introduction to English Grammar and Joseph Priestley's (1761) The Rudiments of English Grammar.
Regier and Uhlig's collection of eleven essays by emerging and well-established scholars explores key areas of Wordsworth's "poetic theory," from the poems and prose of Lyrical Ballads to The Excursion and the "Essay, Supplementary to the Preface.
During the following months my own composition schedule also had to include the completion of shorter items that would be needed for a final, complete Holy Communion: the Salutation; the Alleluia Verse (to be printed "in place"); the short Gospel Acclamations (one of them in first draft had sounded a little like "O Canada"); the Offertory, "Let the vineyards;" the complete revision of the Prefaces and the setting of the Proper Prefaces; the two Post-Communion Canticles, "Lord, now you let your servant go in peace" and "Thank the Lord and sing his praise;" "Create in me," the optional psalm for the offering of the gifts; and the Benedictions.
But a further reform is still needed, a fuller restoration of the lex orandi, especially the ancient collects, prefaces, and eucharistic prayers.
Quinn devotes chapter three (certainly one of the book's most important, and most interesting, chapters) to an analysis of the prefaces to Safavid historical texts.
a colored man, author of the somewhat famous book entitled 'The Garies,' published in London in 1858, with prefaces by Lord Brougham and Mrs.
Without counting "Pela porta dos afectos" (Through the Door of What We Hold Dear), which introduces the thirty-seven prefaces comprising Joao Barrento's most recent book, there are as many sophisticated presentations on a wide range of different subjects written by a brilliant minimalist.
Boe hazards that the elimination of the special prefaces that had hitherto served to customize the chant might have prompted the sudden interest in troping the Sanctus.
At the Met, the prefaces have been banished, so we can actually see what is in front of us.
The other texts here are Pseudonymous:Oi a review of Perseus/, and Soren Kierkegaard from Prefaces.
Farndell gives us a translation of Ficino's prefaces to twenty-five selected dialogues of Plato and all of the prefaces to the twelve Letters of Plato.
Information about dinosaurs prefaces each section of the book.
The aim of this article is to demonstrate how Scott showed the interplay between fact and fiction in prefaces to the first editions of his novels.
Barbara Puschmann-Nalenz chooses two avenues of approach to her part of the critical introduction, "Presentation in Prefaces and the Process of Canonization.