What is the source of the quotation 'Twas ever thus'?
Thomas Moore's poem "The Fire Worshippers" (1817) contains the
line "Oh! Ever thus from childhood's hour" and parodies of this
poem, such as in Charles Dickens' "The Old Curiosity Shop' often
instead used `twas ever thus' as did Charles Stuart Calverley's
"Disaster". Though William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night (1601-02)
contains some similar lines, none are close enough to deem it the
origin of the phrase.