Such dupes are men to custom, and so prone To revrence what is ancient, and can plead A course of long observance for its use, That even servitude, the worst of ills, Because deliverd down from sire to son, Is kept and guarded as a sacred thing! CowperTask. Bk. V. L. 298.
The slaves of custom and established mode, With pack-horse constancy we keep the road Crooked or straight, through quags or thorny dells, True to the jingling of our leaders bells. CowperTirocinium. L. 251.
Man yields to custom, as he bows to fate, In all things ruledmind, body, and estate; In pain, in sickness, we for cure apply To them we know not, and we know not why. CrabbeTale III. The Gentleman Farmer. L. 86.
Custom calls me to t: What custom wills, in all things should we dot, The dust on antique time would lie unswept, And mountainous error be too highly heapt For truth to oerpeer. Coriolanus. Act II. Sc. 3. L. 124.
The old order changeth, yielding place to new; And God fulfils himself in many ways, Lest one good custom should corrupt the world. TennysonPassing of Arthur. L. 408. First line also in Coming of Arthur. L. 508.