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


Sorry pre-eminence of high descent
Above the vulgar born, to rot in state!
Blair.—The Grave, Line 154.

Proud e’en in death, here rot in state.
Churchill.—The Ghost, Book II.

’Tis but an hour ago since it was nine;
And, after one hour more, ’twill be eleven;
And so, from hour to hour, we ripe and ripe,
And then, from hour to hour, we rot and rot.
Shakespeare.—As You Like It, Act II. Scene 7. (Jaques.)

So runs the round of life from hour to hour.