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It is a foule byrd that fyleth his owne nest.1
Proverbes. Part ii. Chap. o. Have yee him on the hip.2
Ibid. Hee must have a long spoone, shall eat with the devill.3
Ibid. It had need to bee A wylie mouse that should breed in the cats eare. Ibid. Leape out of the frying pan into the fyre.
Ibid. Time trieth troth in every doubt.6
Mad as a march hare.
Much water goeth by the mill That the miller knoweth not of.
He must needes goe whom the devill doth drive.'
Chap. ri. Set the cart before the horse. 10
1 See Skelton, page 8.
? I have thee on the hip. — SHAKESPEARE : Merchant of Venice, act ir. sc. 1; Othello, act ii. sc. 7. 3 See Chaucer, page 4.
4 A hardy mouse that is bold to breede
Order of Foles. MS. circa 1450. 5 The same in Don Quixote (Lockhart's ed.), part i. book iii. chap. iv. BuxYAN : Pilgrim's Progress. FLETCHER : The Wild-Goose Chase, act ir. sc. 3. 6 Time trieth truth. – Tottel's Miscellany, reprint 1867, p. 221.
Time tries the troth in everything. — Tusser: Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandry. Author's Epistle, chap. i.
7 I saye, thou madde March hare. — SKELTOX : Replycation against certayne yong scolers.
& More water glideth by the mill Than wots the miller of.
SHAKESPEARE: T'itus Andronicus, act ii. sc. 7. 9 An earlier instance of this proverb occurs in Heywood's Johan the Husbande. 1533,
He must needs go whom the devil drives. - SHAKESPEARE: All's Well that Ends Well, act i. sc. 3. CERVANTES: Don Quixote, part is book iv. chap. iv. Gosson : Ephemerides of Phialo. PEELE : Edward I.
10 Others set carts before the horses. — RABELAIS : book v. chap. xxii.
The moe the merrier.1
Proverbes. Part ii. Chap. vii. To th’ end of a shot and beginning of a fray.2 Ibid.
It is better to be An old man's derling than a yong man's werling. Ibid.
Be the day never so long, Evermore at last they ring to evensong.
Ibid. The moone is made of a greene cheese.*
Ibid. I know on which side my bread is buttred,
It will not out of the flesh that is bred in the bone.5
Chap. riii Who is so deafe or so blinde as is hee That wilfully will neither heare nor see ? 6 Chap. ix. The wrong sow by th’eare.?
Went in at the tone eare and out at the tother. 8
Love me, love my dog.'
1 GASCOIGNE: Roses, 1575. Title of a Book of Epigrams, 1608. BEAUMONT AND FLETCHER : The Scornful Lady, act i. sc. 1; The Sea Voyage, act i. sc. 2.
? To the latter end of a fray and the beginning of a feast.-SHAKESPEARE: 2 Henry IV. act iv. sc. 2.
3 Be the day short or never so long,
Fox : Book of Martyrs, chap. vii. p. 346. 4 Jack Jugler, p. 46. RABELAIS : book i. chap. xi. BLACK LOCII : Ilatchet of heresies, 1565. BUTLER : Hudibras, part ii. canto iii. line 263.
5 What is bred in the bone will never come out of the flesh. - l'Illay : The Two Fishermen, fable xiv.
It will never out of the flesh that's bred in the bone. – Jossox : Every Man in his Humour, act i. sc. 1.
6 None so deaf as those that will not hear. - MATHEW HENRY : Commentaries. Psalm lriii.
7 He has the wrong sow by the ear. ~ Joxson : Every Man in his Humour, act ii. sc. 1.
8 See Chaucer, page 6.
A proverb in the time of Saint Bernard was, Qui me amat, amet et canem meum (Who loves me will love my dog also). - Sermo Primus.
An ill winde that bloweth no man to good."
Proverbes. Part i. Chap. ix. For when I gave you an inch, you tooke an ell.2 Ibid. Would
Ibid. Every man for himselfe and God for us all.4
Ibid. Though he love not to buy the pig in the poke.5 Ibid. This hitteth the naile on the hed.
Chap. c, Enough is as good as a feast.
God sendeth and giveth both mouth and the meat.8
Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandry. Except wind stands as never it stood, It is an ill wind turns none to good.
A Description of the Properties of Wind. At Christmas play and make good cheer, For Christmas comes but once a year.
The Farmer's Daily Diet.
i Falstaff. What wind blew you hither, Pistol ?
SHAKESPEARE: 2 Henry IV. act v. sc. 3. 2 Give an inch, he'll take an ell. — WEBSTER: Sir Thomas Wyatt. 3 Wouldst thou both eat thy cake and have it? – HERBERT : The Size.
4 Every man for himself, his own ends, the devil for all. - BURTON : Anatomy of Melancholy, part iii. sec. i. mem. ii.
5 For buying or selling of pig in a poke. — TUSSER: Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandry. September Abstract.
6 You have there hit the nail on the head. - RABELAIS: bk. iii. ch. xxxi.
7 Dives and Pauper, 1493. GASCOIGNE: Poesies, 1575. POPE: Horace, book i. Ep. rii, line 24. FIELDING : Covent Garden Tragedy, act v. sc. 1. BICKERSTAFF: Lore in a Village, act it. sc. 1.
8 God sends meat, and the Devil sends cooks. – JOHN TAYLOR: Works, rol. ii. p. 85 (1630). Ray: Proverbs. GARRICK: Epigram on Goldsmith's Retaliation.
Such mistress, such Nan,
Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandry.
Who goeth a borrowing
'Tis merry in hall
Where beards wag all.2 Naught venture naught have.3
Dry sun, dry wind;
The fallyng out of faithfull frends is the renuyng of loue.5
The Paradise of Dainty Devices.
1 On the authority of M. Cimber, of the Bibliothèque Royale, we owe this proverb to Chevalier Bayard : “ Tel maitre, tel valet."
2 Merry swithe it is in halle,
Life of Alexander, 1312.
Swithe mury hit is in halle,
When burdes waiven alle. 3 See Heywood, page 15.
4 See Heywood, page 10. SHAKESPEARE: Merchant of Venice, act ii. sc. 5.
5 The anger of lovers renews the strength of love. — Publius SYRUS : Marim 24.
Let the falling out of friends be a renewing of affection. - LYLY : Euphues.
The falling out of lovers is the renewing of love. BURTOX : Anatomy of Melancholy, part iii. sec. 2.
Amantium iræ amoris integratiost (The quarrels of lovers are the renewal of love). — TERENCE : Andria, act ii. sc. 5.
My mind to me a kingdom is;
Such present joys therein I find,
That earth affords or grows by kind :
MS. Ravol. 85, p. 17.1
I little have, and seek no more:
And I am rich with little store :
BISHOP STILL (JOHN). 1543–1607.
My stomach is not good;
Gammer Gurton's Needle.?
1 There is a very similar but anonymous copy in the British Museum. Additional MS. 15225, p. 85. And there is an imitation in J. Sylvester's Works, p. 651. – Hansal : Courtly Poets.
My mind to me a kingdom is ;
Such perfect joy therein I find,
That God and Nature hath assigned.
BYRD : Psalmes, Sonnets, etc. 1588.
ROBERT SOUTHWELL (1560-1595): Loo Home. Mens regnum bona possidet (A good mind possesses a kingdom). – SENECA : Thyestes, ii. 380.
2 Stated by Dyce to be from a MS. of older date than Gammer Gurton's Needle. See Skelton's Works (Dyce's ed.), vol. i. pp. vii-x, note.