E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Time and tide wait for no man.
For the next inn he spurs a main.
In haste alights, and scuds away
But time and tide for no man stay.
Somerville: The Sweet-scented Miser.
Take [or Seize] Time by the forelock (Thals of Milétus.). Time is represented as an old man, quite bald, with the exception of a single lock of hair on the forehead. Shakespeare calls him that bald sexton, Time. (King John, iii. 1.)
Time is, Time was, Times past. Friar Bacon made a brazen head, and it was said if he heard his head speak he would succeed in his work in hand, if not he would fail. A man named Miles was set to watch the head, and while Bacon was sleeping the head uttered these words: TIME IS; and half an hour afterwards it said TIME WAS; after the expiration of another half-hour it said TIMES PAST, fell down, and was broken to pieces.