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


When great leaves fall then winter is at hand.
Shakespeare.—King Richard III., Act II. Scene 3. (Third Citizen.)

No vernal blooms their torpid rocks array,
But winter lingering chills the lap of May.
Goldsmith.—The Traveller, Line 171.

Then winter’s time-bleach’d locks did hoary show,
By hospitality with cloudless brow.
Burns.—Brig of Ayr.

See, Winter comes to rule the varied year,
Sullen and sad, with all his rising train,
Vapours, and clouds, and storms.
Thomson.—Winter, Line 1.

Behold, fond man!
See here thy pictured life; pass some few years,
Thy flowering spring, thy summer’s ardent strength,
Thy sober autumn, fading into age,
And pale concluding winter comes at last,
And shuts the scene.
Thomson.—Line 1028.

And bids old Winter lay her honours down.
Dr. Young.—The Last Day, Book II. Line 336.

Will spring return,
And birds and lambs again be gay,
And blossoms clothe the hawthorn spray?
Yes, prattlers, yes.
Scott.—Introduction to Marmion.