might large "gap"

David Barnhart dbarnhart at HIGHLANDS.COM
Tue Oct 18 12:41:09 UTC 2011

I just peaked into OED at "past is prologue".  The first two references are:

[a1616    Shakespeare Tempest (1623) ii. i. 258   An act Whereof, what's
past is Prologue; what to come In yours, and my discharge.]

1943    Sci. Monthly July 82/2   The past is prologue, the present is
calamity, and the future will take care of itself.

Seems to me like a long time.

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