|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|AUTHOR:||Matthew Prior (16641721)|
|QUOTATION:||Now fitted the halter, now traversed the cart,|
And often took leave, but was loth to depart. 1
|ATTRIBUTION:||The Thief and the Cordelier.|
As men that be lothe to departe do often take their leff. [John Clerk to Wolsey.]Ellis: Letters, third series, vol. i. p. 262.
A loth to depart was the common term for a song, or a tune played, on taking leave of friends. Tarlton: News out of Purgatory (about 1689). George Chapman: Widows Tears. Thomas Middleton: The Old Law, act iv. sc. 1. Beaumont and Fletcher: Wit at Several Weapons, act ii. sc. 2. [back]