Tuesday, November 11, 2014
"Let me not live," quoth he,
"After my flame lacks oil, to be the snuff
Of younger spirits, whose apprehensive senses
All but new things disdain."
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. The King of France, in All's Well That Ends Well, act 1, sc. 2, l. 58-61.
An old man's wish to die rather than oppress the young ("snuff" means a burned wick that prevents a candle from flaming brightly).