VERBS, MOODS OF:-- Noun and infinitive used as subject or objectNoun and infinitive used as subject or object. It might be thought that this was a Latinism. But a somewhat similar use of the infinitive with a noun in impersonal sentences is often found in E. E. and, though rarely, in A. -S. “No wondur is a lewid man to ruste.” CHAUCER, C. T. 504. “It is ful fair a man to bear him even.” Ib. 1525. “It spedith one man for to die for be puple.” WICKLIFFE, St John xviiii. 14. (So Mätzner, but Bagster has "that o man,") i.e. "that one man should die."
“It is the lesser fault, modesty finds,
Women to change their shapes than men their minds.
“As in an early spring
We see the appearing buds which to prove fruit
Hope gives not so much warrant as despair
That frosts will bite them.
“This to prove true
I do engage my life.
In the following instance "brags of" is used like "boasts:"
“Be then desir'd
A little to disquantity your train,
And the remainder that shall still depend
To be such men that shall besort your age.
“Verona brags of him
To be a virtuous and well-govern'd youth.
“(This) is all as monstrous to our human reason
“I have deserv'd
All tongues to talk their bitterest.
As my Antigonus to break his grave.” Ib. v. 1. 42.
; Rich. III. iv. 4. 337. Add perhaps
“O that self-chain about his neck
Which he foreswore most monstrously to have.
though "forfeiture" may be personified, and "grant" used like "allow." We retain this use, but transpose "for" in "for to" (see the example from Wickliffe above) and place it before the noun or pronoun:
Will never grant this forfeiture to hold,
“For me to put him to his purgation would perhaps plunge him
into far more choler.