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


He talks to me that never had a son.
Shakespeare.—King John, Act III. Scene 4. (Constance, the mother of Arthur, talking of Pandulph the Pope’s legate.)

Upon my head they placed a fruitless crown,
And put a barren sceptre in my gripe,
Thence to be wrench’d, with an unlineal hand,
No son of mine succeeding.
Shakespeare.—Macbeth, Act III. Scene 1. (The King’s fears of Banquo and his issue.)