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


The Parthian, presuming on his flight and arrows, shot backward.
Davidson’s Virgil, by Buckley, Georgics, Book III. Page 69; Gay’s Trivia, Book II. Line 295.

Like the Parthian, I shall flying fight.
Shakespeare.—Cymbeline, Act I. Scene 7.

How quick they wheel’d, and, flying, behind them shot
Sharp sleet of arrowy shower.
Milton.—Paradise Regained, Book III. Line 323; Gray, “The Fatal Sisters,” Verse 1.

Death like a Parthian flies, and flying kills.
Jasper Fisher.—The True Trojans, Act III. Scene 5.