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


Ruin seize thee, ruthless king!
Confusion on thy banners wait,
Though fann’d by conquest’s crimson wing,
They mock the air with idle state.
Gray.—The Bard, Line 1.

Mocking the air with colours idly spread.
Shakespeare.—King John, Act V. Scene 1.