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


Never wedding, ever wooing,
Still a lovelorn heart pursuing,
Read you not the wrong you’re doing
In my cheek’s pale hue?
All my life with sorrow strewing;
Wed, or cease to woo.
Campbell.—Maid’s Remonstrance.

And still be doing, never done.
Butler.—Hudibras, Part I. Canto I. Line 204.

Never ending, still beginning.
Dryden.—Alexander’s Feast, Verse 5.

Always filling, never full.
Cowper.—To Rev. W. Bull, Line 73.

Ever reading, never to be read!
Pope.—The Dunciad, Book III. Line 194.

Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
2 Timothy, Chap. iii. Ver. 7.

Still ending, and beginning still.
Cowper.—The Task, Book III. Line 627.