Tracks Of A Rolling Stone By Henry J. Coke

 -   We try in vain to re-collect; but the 
secrets of the grave are not more inviolable, - for the 
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We Try In Vain To Re-Collect; But The Secrets Of The Grave Are Not More Inviolable, - For The Beginnings, Like The Endings, Of Life Are Lost In Darkness.

It is very difficult to affix a date to any relic of that dim past.

We may have a distinct remembrance of some pleasure, some pain, some fright, some accident, but the vivid does not help us to chronicle with accuracy. A year or two makes a vast difference in our ability. We can remember well enough when we donned the 'CAUDA VIRILIS,' but not when we left off petticoats.

The first remembrance to which I can correctly tack a date is the death of George IV. I was between three and four years old. My recollection of the fact is perfectly distinct - distinct by its association with other facts, then far more weighty to me than the death of a king.

I was watching with rapture, for the first time, the spinning of a peg-top by one of the grooms in the stable yard, when the coachman, who had just driven my mother home, announced the historic news. In a few minutes four or five servants - maids and men - came running to the stables to learn particulars, and the peg-top, to my sorrow, had to be abandoned for gossip and flirtation. We were a long way from street criers - indeed, quite out of town. My father's house was in Kensington, a little further west than the present museum.

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