things past cannot be recalled
- Cf. late 14th-cent. Fr. ce qui est passe ne poet on recouver, that which is past one cannot recall.
a 1500 H. MEDWALL Nature H3v A thyng don can not be called agayn.
a 1535 MORE Edward V in J. Hardyng Chronicle (1543) II. 36 Sith [since] thynges passed cannot be gaine called, muche more ought wee to bee ware.
1616 T. DRAXE Adages 151 That that is past, cannot be recalled or helped.
1804 M. EDGEWORTH Popular Tales II. 130 Since a thing past can’t be recalled..we may be content.
1979 Country Life 24 May 1683 Visually, another period’s realities are palpably inaccessible. Things past cannot be—perfectly—recalled.
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