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PREPOSITIONS. Upon used metaphorically; adverbially

Upon is often used like on adverbially after the verb "look."

“Nay, all of you that stand and look upon.

“Why stand we like soft-hearted women here
And look upon, as if, &c.

“Strike all that look upon with marvel, come.

"Near upon" is adverbial in

“And very near upon
The duke is entering.

“Indeed, my lord, it followed hard upon.

Upon, from meaning superposition, comes to mean "in accordance with" (like "after"):

“Upon my power I may dismiss this court.

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