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Grocott & Ward, comps.  Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed.  189-?.
 
Decay
 
A fiery soul, which, working out its way,
Fretted the pigmy body to decay,
And o’er-inform’d the tenement of clay.
        Dryden.—Absalom and Achitophel, Part I. Line 156.
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The unreach’d Paradise of our despair,
Which o’er-informs the pencil and the pen,
And overpowers the page where it would bloom again.
        Byron.—Childe Harold, Canto IV. Stanza 122. Line 7.
  2
Nature strips her garment gay,
And wears the vesture of decay.
        Logan.—The Country in Autumn.
  3
Sinks to the grave with unperceived decay,
While resignation gently slopes the way.
        Goldsmith.—The Deserted Village, Line 109.
  4
So peaceful shalt thou end thy blissful days,
And steal thyself from life by slow decays.
        Pope.—The Odyssey, Book XI. Line 164.
  5
Those domes where Cæsars once bore sway,
Defaced by time, and tottering in decay.
        Goldsmith.—The Traveller, Line 159.
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