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Grocott & Ward, comps.  Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed.  189-?.
 
Forefathers
 
Could I trace back the time to a far distant date,
  Since my forefathers toil’d in this field:
And the farm I now hold on your honour’s estate
  Is the same that my grandfather till’d.
        A Song, “Ere around the huge oak.”
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This was the cottage his forefathers knew,
It saw his birth; shall see his burial too.
        Fenton.—Claudian’s Old Man.
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Beneath those rugged elms, that yew-tree’s shade,
  Where heaves the turf in many a mouldering heap,
Each in his narrow cell for ever laid,
  The rude forefathers of the hamlet sleep.
        Gray.—Elegy, Verse 4.
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