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


Winged time glides on insensibly, and deceives us; and there is nothing more fleeting than years.
Ovid.—Meta. Book X. Fable 9. (Riley.)

Jumping o’er times,
Turning the accomplishment of many years
Into an hour-glass.
Shakespeare.—King Henry V., Chorus.

Years have not seen, Time shall not see,
The hour that tears my soul from thee.
Byron.—Bride of Abydos, Canto I. Stanza 11.

Years steal
Fire from the mind, as vigour from the limb;
And life’s enchanted cup but sparkles near the brim.
Byron.—Childe Harold, Canto III. Stanza 8.

Years following years, steal something every day;
At last they steal us from ourselves away.
Pope.—Imitations of Horace, Book II. Epi. II. Line 72.

I am declin’d
Into the vale of years.
Shakespeare.—Othello, Act III. Scene 3. (He imagines that a reason for Desdemona’s supposed love of Cassio.)