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


I am not now in fortune’s power,—
He that is down can fall no lower.
Butler.—Hudibras, Part I. Canto III. Line 877.

A brave man struggling in the storms of fate,
And greatly falling with a falling state.
Pope.—Prol. to Addison’s Cato, Line 21.

What a falling off was there!
Shakespeare.—Hamlet, Act I. Scene 5. (The Ghost to Hamlet on his mother’s marriage.)

O, what a fall was there, my countrymen!
Shakespeare.—Julius Cæsar, Act III. Scene 2. (Antony to the Citizens.)

Those hands were joined with mine, to raise the wall
Of tottering Troy, now nodding to her fall.
Dryden.—Ovid’s Meta. Book XII.; The Æneid, Book II.; Pope—Essay on Man, Epi. IV.; Homer—Book II. Line 17; Dr. Johnson—Irene; Gray—Ruins at Kingsgate; Stepney—Ode IX.; Scott—Last Minstrel, Canto VI.