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ADVERBS To-fore; too; what, when; whilst; why; yet

Too, which is only an emphatic form of "to" (compare πρός in Greek, used adverbially), is often spelt "to" by Elizabethan writers (Sonn. 38, 86); and conversely, "too" is found for "to" (Sonn. 56, 135).

Too seems used, like the E. E. "to," for "excessively" in Spenser, Shepheard's Calendar, May: “Thilke same kidde (as I can well devise) Was too very foolish and unwise.”

Perhaps, also, in

“Lest that your goods too soon be confiscate.

though the meaning may be "the goods of you also."

“Tempt him not so too far.

And there is, perhaps, an allusion to the E. E. meaning in "too-too," which is often found in Elizabethan English.

Too is often used in the phrase, "I am too blame" (Folio)

“I am much too blame.

; M. of V. v. 1. 166; Rich. III. ii. 2. 13.

This is so common in other Elizabethan authors, that it seems to require more explanation than the confusion between "to" and "too" mentioned above. Perhaps "blame" was considered an adjective, as in

“In faith, my lord, you are too wilful-blame.

and "too" may have been, as in E. E., used for "excessively."

Too seems used for "very much," or "too much," in “Tell him that gave me this (wound), who lov'd him too,
He struck my soul and not my body through.” B. and F. F. Sh. iii. 1. The context will hardly admit of the interpretation, "Me who also lov'd him."

The transition from the meaning of progressive motion to that of "increasingly" or "excessively," and from "excessively" to the modern "to excess," is too natural to require more than mention.

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