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Thus aged men, full loth and slow,
The vanities of life forego,

And count their youthful follies o'er,
Till Memory lends her light no more.
g. SCOTT-Rokeby. Canto V. St. 1.

Thus pleasures fade away;
Youth, talents, beauty, thus decay,
And leave us dark, forlorn, and gray;
h. SCOTT-Marmion. Introduction to
Canto II. St. 7.

Old friends are best. King James us'd to call for his Old Shoes, they were easiest for his Feet.

i. SELDEN-Table Talk. Friends.

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All's Well that Ends Well. Act V.
Sc. 3. L. 40.

Give me a staff of honor for mine age,
But not a sceptre to control the world.
Titus Andronicus. Act I. Sc. 1.

L. 198.

Men shut their doors against a setting sun. q. Timon of Athens. Act I. Sc. 2.

L. 129.

My way of life Is fallen into the sear, the yellow leaf, And that which should accompany old age, As honor, love, obedience, troops of friends, I must not look to have; but, in their stead, Curses not loud, but deep, mouth-honor, breath,

Which the poor heart would fain deny, and dare not.


Macbeth. Act V. Sc. 3. L. 22.

Nor age so eat up my invention.


Much Ado About Nothing. Act IV.
Sc. 1. L. 192.

O, father Abbot,

An old man, broken with the storms of State, Is come to lay his weary bones among ye; Give him a little earth for charity!

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And, to deal plainly,

I fear I am not in my perfect mind.

v. King Lear. Act IV. Sc. 7. L. 59.

Some smack of age in you, some relish of the saltness of time.

w. King Henry IV. Pt. II. Act I.

Sc. 2. L. 91.

Superfluity comes sooner by white hairs,

but competency lives longer.

x. Merchant of Venice. Act I. Sc. 2.

L. 8.

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The power of perpetuating our property in our families is one of the most valuable and interesting circumstances belonging to it, and that which tends the most to the perpetuation of society itself. It makes our weakness subservient to our virtue; it grafts benevolence even upon avarice. The possession of family wealth and of the distinction which attends hereditary possessions (as most concerned in it,) are the natural securities for this transmission.

h. BURKE Reflections on the Revolution in France-1790. Vol. III. P. 298.

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He seems to be a man sprung from himself.
TIBERIUS-See Annals of Tacitus.
Bk. XI. Sc. 21.


As though there were a tie,
And obligation to posterity!
We get them, bear them, breed and nurse.
What has posterity done for us,

That we, lest they their rights should lose,
Should trust our necks to gripe of noose?
Canto II. L. 121.


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