Enamored of everything old age. He will go forty miles to see a saint’s well or a ruined abbey. His estate consists in Roman coins and pictures of Caesar. He considers printed books as a novelty but pores over old manuscripts. His attire is out of fashion. He is not afraid of graves because he is used to sepulchers and he welcomes death because it gathers him to his fathers.
The Oxford Book of Essays. Ed. John Gross. Oxford and new York: Oxford University Press. 1991.