What pleasing seemed, for her now pleases more


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Title: Paradise Lost
Author: John Milton

The smell of grain, or tedded grass, or kine, Or dairy, each rural sight, each rural sound;
If chance, with nymph-like step, fair virgin pass,
What pleasing seemed, for her now pleases more;
She most, and in her look sums all delight:

Does this preposition here mean "because of" ?
Thanks in advance.
  • Keith Bradford

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    English (Midlands UK)
    Yes. No modern writer would use this construction.

    [Later]... except in phrases like the one Lingobingo suggests below!
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