Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.


The iron tongue of midnight hath told twelve.
Shakespeare.—Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act V. Scene 1. (Theseus.)

Great Nature’s well set clock in pieces took;
On all the springs and smallest wheels did look
Of life and motion; and with equal art
Made up again the whole of every part.
Cowley.—The Davideis, Book I. Line 743.

The clock of his age had struck fifty-eight.
Cellini.—Quoted by Disraeli in the First Vol. of his Cur. of Lit., page 99.

Haggard and hollow and wan, and without either thought or motion,
E’en as the face of a clock from which the hands have been taken.

Look at the clock.
Barham.—Ingoldsby Legends.