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VERBS, AUXILIARY. Must = "is to;" original use of

Must (E. E. moste) is the past tense of the E. E. present tense mot, which means "he is able," "he is obliged." From meaning "he had power to do it," or "might have done it," the word came to mean "ought," and it is by us generally used with a notion of compulsion. But it is sometimes used by Shakespeare to mean no more than definite futurity, like our "is to" in "He is to be here to-morrow."

“He must fight singly to-morrow with Hector, and is so prophetically
proud of an heroical cudgelling that he raves in saying

So, or nearly so, probably in

“Descend, for you must be my sword-bearer.

And somewhat similar, without the notion of compulsion, is the use in M. of V. iv. 1. 182; M. N. D. ii. 1. 72.

It seems to mean "is, or was, destined" in

“And I must be from thence.

So “A life which must not yield
To one of woman born.” Ib. v. 8. 12.

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