From reveries so airy, from the toil Of dropping buckets into empty wells, And growing old in drawing nothing up.1
The Task. Book iii. The Garden. Line 188.
Note 1. He has spent all his life in letting down buckets into empty wells; and he is frittering away his age in trying to draw them up again.Lady Hollands Memoir of Sydney Smith, vol. i. p. 259. [back]