Mom and Dad both used to quote this passage to me when I was young. Then, I had no appreciation for it – whatever that “finger” was I had no idea.
Today – the passage resonates. Maybe I’ll start reciting it to my own children.
“The Moving Finger writes; and having writ,
Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.”
They also used to say something like, “Sans eyes, sans teeth, sans all..” but I haven’t found the source of that yet –