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credit and long standing, who had recently Make three bites of a cherry.

made a faux pas which was not altogether RABELAIS—Works. Bk. V. Ch. XXVIII.


14 Many a smale maketh a grate.

On his last legs. CHAUCERPersones Tale.

Thos. MIDDLETON—The Old Law. Act V.

Sc. 1.

15 Many go out for wool, and come home shorn themselves.

One good turn deserves another. CERVANTES

BEAUMONT AND FLETCHERLittle French Law - Don Quixote. Pt. II. Ch. XXXVII.

yer. III. 2.

16 Mariana in the moated grange.

Originality provokes originality.

TENNYSON. Motto for Mariana. Taken from

"There, at the moated grange, resides this 17
dejected Mariana.” Comedy of Errors. Act Passing the Rubicon.
II. Sc. 1.

When he arrived at the banks of the Rubicon,

which divides Cisalpine Gaul from the rest of Mind your P's and Q's.

Italy . . . . he stopped to deliberate.
Said to be due to the old custom of hanging At last he cried out: "The die is cast” and im-

up a slate in the tavern with P. and Q. (for mediately passed the river.
pints and quarts), under which were written PLUTARCH-Life of Julius Cæsar.
the names of customers and ticks for the
number of “P's and Q’s.” Another explana-

Performed to a T. tion is that the expression referred to "tou

RABELAIS-Works. Bk. IV. · Ch. LI. See pées” (artificial locks of hair) and “queues" (tails).

also “Fitted, etc.” Moche Crye and do Wull.

Pons Asinorum:
FORTESCUEDe Laudibus Leg. Angliæ. Ch.X.

The asses' bridge.
'Applied to Proposition 5 of the first book of

Much of a muchness.
VANBRUGHThe Provoked Husband. : Act I.
Sc. 1.

Present company excepted.

O'KEEFE – London Hermit. (1793) 8 Needle in a bottle of hay. FIELD-A Woman's a Weathercock. "Reprint | Push on-keep moving. 1612. P. 20.

Thos. MORTON-A Cure for the Heartache.

Act III. Sc. 1.
Neither fish, flesh nor good red herring.
TOM BROWNE Æneus Sylvius. Letter. Put himself upon his good behaviour.

DRYDEN-Epilogue to Duke of Guise. MARS- BYRONDon Juan. Canto V. St. 47.
DENHistory of Christian Churches. Vol. I.
P. 267. In SIR. JOHN MENNES' (Mennis)
Musarum Deliciæ. (1651) Tros. NASH

Put your toong in your purse.
Lenten Stuff. (1599) Reprinted in Har-

HEYWOOD-Dialogue of Wit and Folly. Pt. II.

L. 263. leian Miscellany. Sir H. SHERES-Satyr on the sea officers. Rede me and be nott wrothe. 1. li. (1528)

Quo vadis?

Whither goest thou? No better than you should be.

From The Vulgate. John. XIII. 36. DomiBEAUMONT FLETCHERThe Coxcomb.

ne, quo vadis? [St. Peter's question.) St.

THOMAS asks a similar question in John. Act IV. Sc. 3.

XIV. 5. The traditional story is told by

St. AMBROSE — Contra Auxentium. (Ed. No rule is so general, which admits not some exception.

Paris, 1690) II. 867.
BURTONAnatomy of Melancholy. Pt. I. Sec.
II. Memb. 2. Subsect. 3.

Safe bind, safe find.

TUSSERFive Hundred Points of Good HusNought venter nought have.

bandry. Washing. HEYWOODProverbs. Pt. I. Ch. XI. Thos.

Scared out of his seven senses. TUSSER—Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandry. October's Extract.

SCOTT-Rob Roy. Ch. XXIV.

27 Old Lady of Threadneedle Street.

Set all at sixe and seven. WILLIAM COBBETT. Also Gilray Caricature. HEYWOOD— Proverbs. Pt. I. Ch. XI. ChauMay 22. 1797, after the bank stopped cash

-Troilus and Cresseide. L. 623. Also payments, Feb. 26, 1797. SHERIDAN—Life Towneley Mysteries. 143. Morte Arture. by WALTER SICHEL. P. 16. Refers to the MS. at Lincoln. DEGREVANT. (1279) bank as an elderly lady in the city, of great Richard II. Act II. Sc. 2. L. 122.



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Through thick and thin, both over bank and bush. SPENSER—Faerie Queene. Bk. III. Capto I.

St. 17.



Strike the iron wbilst it is hot.


9 Strike while the iron is hot. FARQUHARThe Beaux' Stratagem. Act IV.

Sc. 2. SCOTT-The Fair Maid of Perth. Ch.
V. WEBSTER — Westward Ho. III. 2.
CHAUCERTroylus and Cresseyde. Bk. II.

St. 178.
That was laid on with a trowel.

As You Like It. Act I. Sc. 2. L. 112.

11 The coast was clear. MICHAEL DRAYTONNymphidia.

12 The fat's all in the fire. COBBE — Prophecies. BULLEN'S reprint.

(1614) MARSTON-What You Will. (1607) The

Balancing Captain. Whole poem quoted by WALPOLE in a letter to MANN, Nov. 2, 1741.

Through thick and thin, both over Hill and Plain. DU BARTAS-Divine Weekes and Workes. Sec

ond Week. Fourth Day. Bk. IV. Through thick and thin. BUTLER-Hudibras, Pt. I. Canto II. L. 370.

COWPERJohn Gilpin. DRAYTON-Nymphidia. DRYDEN--Absalom and Achitophe. Pt. II. L. 414. KEMP—Nine Days' Wonder. MDDLETONThe Roaring Girl. Act IV. Sc. 2. POPE-Dunciad. Bk. II.

(See also BUTLER under CONSTANCY) Though last, not least in love.

Julius Cæsar. . Act III. Sc. 1. L. 189. Although the last, not least. King Lear. Act I. Sc. 1. L. 85. SPENSER

Colin Clout. L. 444.



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Where McGregor sits, there is the head of the

table. Quoted in American Scholar by EMERSON. At

tributed to The McGregor, a Highland Chief.



cat's paw.


To take the nuts from the fire with the dog's foot.

HERBERT Jacula Prudentum.
Tirer les marrons de la patte du chat.

To pull the chestnuts from the fire with the MOLIÈRE-L'Étourdi. Act III. 6.

3 Turn over a new leaf. BURKE-Letter to Miss Haviland. Thos. DEK

KER—The Honest Whore. Pt. II. Act II.
Sc. 1. Also A Health to the Gentlemanly Pro-
session of Serving-Men. (1598) MIDDLETON
-Anything for a Quiet Life. Act III. Sc. 3.

Whether the pitcher hits the stone or the stone hits the pitcher, it goes ill with the pitcher.

CERVANTESDon Quixote. Vol. II. Ch. XLIII. Which he by hook or crook has gather'd And by his own inventions father'd. BUTLER-Hudibras. Pt. III. Canto I. L.

109. See also “By hooke or crooke."

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Two heads are better than one.

HEYWOOD—Proverbs. Pt. I. Ch. IX.

5 Walls have tongues, and hedges ears. SWIFT—Pastoral Dialogue. L. 7. HAZLITT

English Proverbs, etc. (Ed. 1869) P. 446. Wode has erys, felde has sigt. King Edward and the Shepherd, MS. (Circa

1300) Felde hath eyen, and wode

hath eres. CHAUCER—Canterbury Tales. The Knight's

Tale. L. 1,522.
Fieldes have eies and woodes have eares.

HEYWOOD-Proverbes. Pt. II. Ch. V.

6 Westward-ho!

Twelfth Night. Act III. Sc. 1. L. 146. 7

What is bred in the bone will never come out of the flesh.

PILPAYThe Two Fishermen. Fable XIV.

It will never come out of the flesh that's bred in the bone. JONSONEvery Man in his Humour. Act I.

Sc. 1. 8 What is not in a man cannot come out of him

surely. GOETHE-Herman and Dorothea. Canto III.

L. 3. 9

What is sauce for the googe is sauce for a gander. Tom BROWN--New Marime. P. 123.

(See also Varro under GOOSE) 10 What is the matter with Kansas? W. A. WHITE. Title of an editorial in the

Emporia Gazette, August 15, 1896. 11 What mare's nest hast thou found?


What you would not have done to yourselves, never do unto others. ALEXANDER SEVERUS. See also “Golden Rule.”

Matthew. VII. 12. 13 When a dog is drowning, every one offers him

drink. HERBERT-Jacula Prudentum.


You shall never want rope enough.

RABELAIS—Works. Prologue to the Fifth Book. You whirled them to the back of beyont. SCOTT- Antiquary.

PROVIDENCE And pleas'd th' Almighty's orders to perform, Rides in the whirlwind and directs the storm.

ADDISONThe Campaign.


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1 Le hasard est un sobriquet de la Providence. Destroy all creatures for thy sport or gust, Chance is a nickname for Providence.

Yet cry, if man's unhappy, God's unjust. CHAMFORT.

POPE-Essay on Man. Ep. I. L. 117. 2 'Tis Providence alone secures

Who finds not Providence all good and wise, In every change both mine and yours.

Alike in what it gives, and what denies.
COWPER-A Fable. Moral.

POPE-Essay on Man. Ep. I. L. 205.
Behind a frowning Providence
He hides a smiling face.

Warms in the sun, refreshes in the breeze.

Glows in the stars, and blossoms in the trees. COWPER-Light Shining Out of Darkness.

POPE--Essay on Man. Ep. I. L. 271.
God made bees, and bees made honey,
God made man, and man made money,

Lap of providence.
Pride made the devil, and the devil made sin;

PRIDEAUX-Directions to Churchwardens. P. So God made a cole-pit to put the devil in.

105. (Ed. 1712) Transcribed by JAMES HENRY Dixon, from

(See also HOMER under Gods) the fly-sheet of a Bible, belonging to a pitman who resided near Hutton-Henry, in

The sun shall not snite thee by day, nor the County of Denham.

moon by night.

Psalm. CXXI. 6.
Whatever is, is in its causes just.
DRYDEN- Edipus. Act III. Sc. 1.

Mutos enim nasci, et egere omni ratione satius

fuisset, quam providentiæ munera in mutuam Dieu mesure le froid à la brebis tondue.

perniciem convertere. God tempers the cold to the shorn sheep.

For it would have been better that man HENRI ETIENNELe Livre de Proverbs Epi

should have been born dumb, nay, void of all grammatique. Quoted from an older collec- reason, rather than that he should employ the tion, possibly LEBON's. (1557. Reprint of

gifts of Providence to the destruction of his 1610)

neighbor. (See also HERBERT, STERNE, also GIBBON under QUINTILIAN—De Institutione Oratoria. XII. NAVIGATION)

1. 1. 7

We sometimes had those little rubs which Dieu modère tout à son plaisir. Providence sends to enhance the value of its God moderates all at His pleasure. favours.

RABELAIS-Pantagruel. (1533) GOLDSMITH-Vicar of Wakefield. Ch. I.

He that doth the ravens feed, To a close shorn sheep, God gives wind by Yea, providently caters for the sparrow,

Be comfort to my age!

As You Like It. Act II. Sc. 3. L. 43. HERBERT/Jacula Prudentum. (See alfo ÉTIENNE)

There is a divinity that shapes our ends, God sends cold according to clothes.

Rough-hew them how we will.
HERBERT-Jacula Prudentum.

Hamlet. Act V. Sc. 2. L. 10.
God sendeth cold after clothes.
As given in CAMDEN's Remains.

We defy augury: there's a special providence (See also ÉTIENNE)

in the fall of a sparrow. If it be now, 'tis not

to come; if it be not to come, it will be now; if Deus haec fortasse benigna

it be not now, yet it will come; the readiness is Reducet in sedem vice.

all. Perhaps Providence by some happy change Hamlet. Act V. Sc. 2. L. 230. will restore these things to their proper places. HORACEEpodi. XIII. 7.

O God, thy arm was here;

And not to us, but to thy arm alone,
Behind the dim unknown, Ascribe we all!
Standeth God within the shadow, keeping watch Henry V. Act IV. Sc. 8. L. 111.

above his own.
LOWELL-The Present Crisis. St. 8.

For nought so vile that on the earth doth live

But to the earth some special good doth give. Eye me, blest Providence, and square my trial Romeo and Juliet. Act II. Sc. 3. L. 17. To my proportion'd strength. MILTONComus. L. 329.

He maketh kings to sit in soverainty;

He maketh subjects to their powre ohey; Who sees with equal eye, as God of all,

He pulleth downe, he setteth up on hy: A hero perish, or a sparrow fall,

He gives to this, from that he takes away; Atoms or systems into ruin hurl'd,

For all we have is his: what he list doe he may. And now a bubble burst, and now a world.

SPENSER—Faerie Queene. Bk. V. Canto II. POPE--Essay on Man. Ep. I. L. 87.

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