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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. CHAUCER—Persones Tale.
Thos. MIDDLETON—The Old Law. Act V.
15 Many go out for wool, and come home shorn themselves.
One good turn deserves another. CERVANTES
BEAUMONT AND FLETCHER—Little French Law - Don Quixote. Pt. II. Ch. XXXVII.
yer. III. 2.
16 Mariana in the moated grange.
Originality provokes originality.
"There, at the moated grange, resides this 17
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.
up a slate in the tavern with P. and Q. (for mediately passed the river.
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.
The asses' bridge.
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.
DRYDEN-Epilogue to Duke of Guise. MARS- BYRON—Don Juan. Canto V. St. 47.
Put your toong in your purse.
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)
Whither goest thou? No better than you should be.
From The Vulgate. John. XIII. 36. DomiBEAUMONT FLETCHER—The 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.
Safe bind, safe find.
TUSSER—Five Hundred Points of Good HusNought venter nought have.
bandry. Washing. HEYWOOD—Proverbs. 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.
Through thick and thin, both over bank and bush. SPENSER—Faerie Queene. Bk. III. Capto I.
Strike the iron wbilst it is hot.
RABELAIS-Works. Bk. II. Ch. XXXI.
9 Strike while the iron is hot. FARQUHAR—The Beaux' Stratagem. Act IV.
Sc. 2. SCOTT-The Fair Maid of Perth. Ch.
As You Like It. Act I. Sc. 2. L. 112.
11 The coast was clear. MICHAEL DRAYTON—Nymphidia.
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.
COWPER—John Gilpin. DRAYTON-Nymphidia. DRYDEN--Absalom and Achitophe. Pt. II. L. 414. KEMP—Nine Days' Wonder. MDDLETON—The 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.
Where McGregor sits, there is the head of the
table. Quoted in American Scholar by EMERSON. At
tributed to The McGregor, a Highland Chief.
To take the nuts from the fire with the dog's foot.
HERBERT Jacula Prudentum.
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.
Whether the pitcher hits the stone or the stone hits the pitcher, it goes ill with the pitcher.
CERVANTES—Don 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."
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.
HEYWOOD-Proverbes. Pt. II. Ch. V.
Twelfth Night. Act III. Sc. 1. L. 146. 7
What is bred in the bone will never come out of the flesh.
PILPAY—The Two Fishermen. Fable XIV.
It will never come out of the flesh that's bred in the bone. JONSON—Every 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?
BEAUMONT AND FLETCHER-Bonduca. IV. 2. 12
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.
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.
POPE-Essay on Man. Ep. I. L. 205.
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.
Lap of providence.
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.
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 ETIENNE—Le 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.
Hamlet. Act V. Sc. 2. L. 10.
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. HORACE—Epodi. XIII. 7.
O God, thy arm was here;
And not to us, but to thy arm alone,
above his own.
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. MILTON—Comus. 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.