PREPOSITIONS. To "motion to the side of," "against," "towards," "in comparison with," "up to"To hence, even without a verb of motion, means "motion to the side of." Hence "motion to and consequent rest near," as in
Who ever yet have stood to charity.
“To this point I stand.
i.e. "Come and stand by me, help me." Motion against in:
“I beseech you, stand to me.
So T. N. iii. 4. 248; Coriol. iv. 5. 113. Motion to meet: “To her doom she dares not stand.” B. and F. Fair Sh. v. 1. Motion toward:
“The lady Beatrice hath a quarrel to you.
“What wouldst thou have to Athens?
Hence "by the side of," "in comparison with."
“To Milan let me hear from thee by letters.
i.e. "Impostors when brought to the side of, and compared with, true fear."
“Impostors to true fear.
“There is no woe to his correction,
Nor to his service no such joy on earth.
In “Treason can but peep to what it would,
“The harlot's cheek, beautied with plastering art,
Is not more ugly to the thing that helps it
Than is my deed to my most painted word.
Acts little of his will,” Ib. iv. 5. 125. either to means "towards," an unusual construction with "peep," or the meaning is "treason can do nothing more than peep in comparison with what it wishes to do."
Hence "up to," "in proportion to," "according to."
“Undervalued to tried gold.
“The Greeks are strong and skilful to their strength.
“That which we have we prize not to the worth.
“To's power he would
Have made them mules.
“Perform'd to point the tempest that I bade thee.
“He needs not our mistrust, since he delivers
Our offices and what we have to do
To the direction just.
“Looked it of the hue
“My lady, to the manner of the days,
In courtesy gives undeserving praise.
To such as live in great men's bosoms?” B. J. Sejan. v. 1. “This is right to (exactly like) that (saying) of Horace.” B. J. E. out &c. ii. 1. To seems to mean "even up to" in
“And make my senses credit thy relation
To points that seem unpossible.