|Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocotts Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.|
|Could I trace back the time to a far distant date,|
Since my forefathers toild in this field:
And the farm I now hold on your honours estate
Is the same that my grandfather tilld.
A Song, Ere around the huge oak.
|This was the cottage his forefathers knew,|
It saw his birth; shall see his burial too.
Fenton.Claudians Old Man.
|Beneath those rugged elms, that yew-trees shade,|
Where heaves the turf in many a mouldering heap,
Each in his narrow cell for ever laid,
The rude forefathers of the hamlet sleep.
Gray.Elegy, Verse 4.