respice finem, the old monks used to say in their meditations on life.
Truly she did; but respice finem, or rather, we may say, we have lived to see the end.
Did you continually find yourself repeating, 'respice finem!
O anima Christiana, respice vulnera patientis, sanguinem morientis, pretium redemptionis.
But if success be indeed the only criterion of prudence, respice finem,—wait till the end!
respice et plange: first, 'Look and lament' or mourn; which is indeed the most kindly and natural effect of such a spectacle.
early 13c., from Old French espice, from Late Latin species (plural) "spices, goods, wares," from Latin "kind, sort" (see species). Early druggists recognized four "types" of spices: saffron, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg. Figurative sense of "slight touch or trace of something" is recorded from 1530s. Spice-cake first attested 1520s.
"to season with spices," early 14c. (implied in spiced), from spice (n.).