in times past

in times past

Fig. long ago; in previous times. In times past, you would not have been able to wear casual clothing to work. In times past, the air always seemed fresher and cleaner.
See also: past, times
References in classic literature ?
Now, in times past all went wrong with me, and every month found a fresh hole in my cassock and in my skin, a gold crown less in my poor purse; of that execrable time of small beer and see-saw, I regret absolutely nothing, nothing, nothing save our friendship; for within me I have a heart, and it is a miracle that heart has not been dried up by the wind of poverty which passed through the holes of my cloak, or pierced by the swords of all shapes which passed through the holes in my poor flesh.