Solomon on the Vanity of the World. Book iii. Line 102.
Note 1. As men that be lothe to departe do often take their leff. [John Clerk to Wolsey.]Ellis: Letters, third series, vol. i. p. 262.
A loth to depart was the common term for a song, or a tune played, on taking leave of friends. Tarlton: News out of Purgatory (about 1689). George Chapman: Widows Tears.Thomas Middleton: The Old Law, act iv. sc. 1.Beaumont and Fletcher: Wit at Several Weapons, act ii. sc. 2. [back]
Note 2. The following epitaph was written long before the time of Prior:
Johnnie Carnegie lais heer, Descendit of Adam and Eve. Gif ony con gang hieher, Ise willing give him leve. [back]
Note 3. This thought is ascribed to Aristotle by Diogenes Laertius (Aristotle, v. xi.), who, when asked what hope is, answered, The dream of a waking man. Menage, in his Observations upon Laertius, says that Stobæus (Serm. cix.) ascribes it to Pindar, while Ælian (Var. Hist. xiii. 29) refers it to Plato.
Et spes inanes, et velut somnia quædam, vigilantium (Vain hopes are like certain dreams of those who wake).Quintilian: vi. 2, 27. [back]