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Grocott & Ward, comps.  Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed.  189-?.
 
Old
 
I saw that time of life begin
When every man, the port approaching, ought
To coil the ropes, and take the canvas in.
        Dante.—Inferno, Canto XXVII. Line 79. (Wright’s Translation.)
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The good mariner, when he draws near the port, furls his sails, and enters it softly; so ought we to lower the sails of our worldly operations, and turn to God with all our heart and understanding.
        Dante.—Convito, Trat. 4, 28. (Note by Mr. Wright.)
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Old age came creeping in the peaceful gown,
And civil functions weigh’d the soldier down.
        Rowe’s Lucan, Book I. Line 245.
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Still seem’d he to possess and fill his place,
But stood the shadow of what once he was.
        Rowe’s Lucan, Book I. Line 256.
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Old age, a second child, by nature curs’d,
With more and greater evils than the first,
Weak, sickly, full of pains; in every breath
Railing at life, and yet afraid of death.
        Churchill.—Gotham, Book I.
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An old age serene and bright,
And lovely as a Lapland night,
Shall lead thee to thy grave.
        Wordsworth.—(To a Young Lady.)
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Old as I am, for ladies’ love unfit,
The power of beauty I remember yet,
Which once inflam’d my soul, and still inspires my wit.
        Dryden.—Cymon and Iphigenia, Line 1.
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What though his hair be gray, he is not old in mind.
        Plautus.—Miles Gloriosus, Act III. Scene 1.
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An old man, broken with the storms of state,
Is come to lay his weary bones among ye;
Give him a little earth for charity!
        Shakespeare.—King Henry VIII., Act IV. Scene 2. (Griffith on Wolsey’s death.)
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In wretchedness grown old.
        Congreve.—Priam’s Lamentation.
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Old John of Gaunt, time-honour’d Lancaster.
        Shakespeare.—King Richard II., Act I. Scene 1. (The King to his Uncle.)
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An old man is twice a child.
        Shakespeare.—Hamlet, Act II. Scene 2. (Hamlet speaking of Polonius.)
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Old ladies who have flirted with our fathers, always seem to claim a sort of property in the sons.
        Bulwer Lytton.—Devereux, Book V. Chap. IV.
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