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Unless that leap year doth combine,
And give to February twenty-nine.



A Songe. (Gammer Gurton's Needle.) Act in. I cannot eat but little meat,

My stomach is not good;

But sure I think that I can drink
With any that wears a hood.

Back and side go bare, go bare,
Both foot and hand go cold;

But, belly, God send thee good ale enough,
Whether it be new or old.

Old Tarlton's Song.


The King of France, with forty thousand men Went up a hill, and so came down again.


Ye gentlemen of England

That live at home at ease,
Ah! little do you think upon
The dangers of the seas.

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Lines used by John Ball, to encourage the Rebels in Wat
Tyler's Rebellion. Hume's History of England, Vol. I.
Chap. 17. Note 1.

When Adam dolve, and Eve span,

Who was then the gentleman?

From the Garland, a Collection of Poems, 1721, by Mr.
Br-st, author of a Copy of Verses called "The
British Beauties."

Praise undeserved is Satire in disguise.*

From Ovid's Metamorphosis, translated by several hands

and published by Samuel Garth.

Vol 2. Book vii. Line 20.

I see the right, and I approve it too,

vols. 12mo. 1751.

Condemn the wrong, and yet the wrong pursue.†


[Published in the early part of the reign of George I.]

And he that will this health deny

Down among the dead men let him lie.

*This line is quoted by Pope, in the 1st Epistle of Horace,

Book ii.,

"Praise undeserved is Scandal in disguise."

Video meliora proboque

Sed deteriora sequor.



Essay viii. Of Marriage and Single Life.

He that hath a wife and children hath given hostages to fortune, for they are impediments to great enterprises, either of virtue or mischief.

Essay 1. Of Studies.

Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.

Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an exact man.

Histories make men wise, poets witty; the mathematics, subtle; natural philosophy, deep, moral, grave; logic and rhetoric, able to contend.

Holy State.



Book ii. Ch. 20. The Good Sea-captain. But our captain counts the image of God, nevertheless his image cut in ebony, as if done in ivory.

Book iii. Ch. 12. Of Natural Fools.

Their heads sometimes so little, that there is no more room for wit; sometimes so long, that there is no wit for so much room.

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Book iii. Ch. 22. Of Marriage.

They that marry ancient people merely in expectation to bury them, hang themselves in hope that one will come and cut the halter.

Book iv. Ch. 13.

To smell a turf of fresh earth, is wholesome for the body; no less are thoughts of mortality, cordial to the soul.

Andronicus. Ad. fin. 1.

Often the cockloft is empty, in those which Nature hath built many stories high.


From a Letter to the Marquis of Montrose, the Earl of
Rothes, etc.

I knew a very wise man that believed that, if a man were permitted to make all the ballads, he need not care who should make the laws of a nation.


On the Study and Use of History. Letter 2

I have read somewhere or other, in Dionysius Halicarnassus, I think, that History is Philosophy teaching by examples.



Poor Richard.

God helps them that help themselves.

Dost thou love life, then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.

Three removes are as bad as a fire.

Vessels large may venture more,
But little boats should keep near shore.

You pay too much for your whistle.

From a Letter to Miss Georgiana Shipley, on the Loss of her American Squirrel.

Here Skugg

Lies snug,

As a bug

In a rug.

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