Dance on, dance on, we see, we see Youth goes, alack, and with it glee, A boy the old man ne’er can be; Maternal thirty scarce can find The sweet sixteen long left behind.
alack, our terrene moon Is now eclipsed; and it portends alone The fall of Antony!Antony, scene xiii (Act III)
Heed not the folk who sing or say In sonnet sad or sermon chill, "Alas, alack, and well-a-day! This round world's but a bitter pill." We too are sad and careful; still We'd rather be alive than not.[[Graham R. Tomson], Ballade of the Optimist; reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 911-17.
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