Entreat of thee

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oskhen

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Norwegian
Greetings

The following is from St. Augustine's "confessions". Could someone please explain to me the meaning of "I had entreated chastity of thee"? I hope I give enough of the context.

But, wretched youth that I was -- supremely wretched even in the very outset of my youth -- I had entreated chastity of thee and had prayed, "Grant me chastity and continence, but not yet."

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  • entangledbank

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    English - South-East England
    'Entreat' = "ask, beg, plead". In archaic language verbs of asking could take 'of': I ask it of thee (= modern 'I ask you for it').
     
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