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


Come on, my lords, the better foot before.
Shakespeare.—Titus Andronicus, Act II. Scene 4. (Aaron with Quintus and Martius.)

Nay, but make haste: the better foot before.
Shakespeare.—King John, Act IV. Scene 2. (The King.)

So light a foot
Will ne’er wear out the everlasting flint.
Shakespeare.—Romeo and Juliet, Act II. Scene 6. (The Friar as Juliet enters.)

So lightly walks, she not one mark imprints,
Nor brushes off the dews, nor soils the tints.
Churchill.—Gotham, Book II. Line 217.