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


All that lies betwixt the cradle and the grave, is uncertain.
Seneca.—Of a Happy Life, Chap. XXII.

From the maternal tomb,
To the grave’s faithful womb.

From the cradle to the tomb,
Not all gladness, not all gloom.

To the coffin, from the cradle.
Prior.—Moral to “The Ladle.”

Hard-travell’d from the cradle to the grave.
Young.—Night VI. Line 221.

A little rule, a little sway,
A sunbeam in a winter’s day,
Is all the proud and mighty have
Between the cradle and the grave.
Dyer.—Grongar Hill, Line 89.

The hearts within thy valleys bred,
The fiery souls that might have led
Thy sons to deeds sublime,
Now crawl from cradle to the grave,
Slaves—nay the bondmen of a slave,
And callous, save to crime.
Byron.—The Giaour.

Most wretched men
Are cradled into poetry by wrong,
They learn in suffering what they teach in song.
Shelley.—Julian and Maddalo.

Scourged by the winds and cradled on the rock.
Campbell.—The Pleasures of Hope, Part I.