“I had long supposed that chair-days, the beautiful name for those
days of old age ... was of Shakespeare's own invention ... but this is
a mistake ... the word is current in Lancashire still.” —Trench:
English Past and Present, v.
In thy reverence and thy chair-days, thus
To die in ruffian battle.
Shakespeare: 2 Henry VI.,
act v. 2.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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