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Grocott & Ward, comps.  Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed.  189-?.
 
Sear and Yellow Leaf
 
I have lived long enough: my way of life
Is fallen into the sear, the yellow leaf,
And that which should accompany old age,
As honour, love, obedience, troops of friends,
I must not look to have; but, in their stead,
Curses not loud but deep, mouth-honour, breath,
Which the poor heart would fain deny, and dare not.
        Shakespeare.—Macbeth, Act V. Scene 3. (Tired of life, and contemplating old age without honour.)
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My days are in the yellow leaf;
  The flowers and fruits of love are gone;
The worn, the canker, and the grief
  Are mine alone.
        Byron.—On his attaining the age of thirty-six.
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