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An ill winde that bloweth no man to good."

Proverbes. Part i. Chap. iz. For when I gave you an inch, you tooke an ell.” Ibid. Would yee both eat your cake and have your cake ? :

Ibid. Every man for himselfe and God for us all.4

Ibid. Though he love not to buy the pig in the poke. Ibid This hitteth the naile on the hed.

Chap. zi. Enough is as good as a feast.?


THOMAS TUSSER. Circa 1515-1580.

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.

1 Falstaff. What wind blew you hither, Pistol ?
Pistol Not the ill wind which blows no man to good.

SHAKESPEARE : 2 Henry IV. act v. sc. 3. 2 Give an inch, he 'll take an ell. - WEBSTER: Sir Thomas Wyatt. 8 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. iii.

6 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. vii. line 24. FIELDING : Covent Garden Tragedy, act 0. sc. 1. BICKERSTAFF : Love in a Village, act iii. sc. 1.

8 God sends meat, and the Devil sends cooks. - Joux TAYLOR: Works vol. ij. p. 85 (1630). Ray: Proverbs. GARRICK: Epigram on Goldsmith's Retaliation.

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The fallyng out of faithfull frends is the renuyng of loue."

The Paradise of Dainty Devices.

? On the authority of M. Cimber, of the Bibliothèque Royale, we owe this proverb to Chevalier Bayard : '" Tel mastre, tel valet.”

2 Merry swithe it is in halle,
When the beards waveth alle.

Life of Alexander, 1312.
This has been wrongly attributed to Adam Davie. There the line runs,–

Swithe mury hit is in halle,

When burdes waiven alle. * See Heywood, page 15. See Heywood, page 10.

SHAKESPEARE: Merchant Venice, act anger

of lovers renews the strength of love. — PUBLIUS SYRUS : Let the falling out of friends be a renewing of affection. - LYLY:

The falling out of lovers is the renewiug of love. — BURTON : Anatomy of Melancholy, part iii. sec. 2.

Amantium iræ amoris integratiost (The quarrels of lovers are the renewal of love). - TERENCE : Andria, act iii. sc. 5.

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My mind to me a kingdom is;

Such present joys therein I find,
That it excels all other bliss

That earth affords or grows by kind :
Though much I want which most would have,
Yet still my mind forbids to crave.

MS. Ravol. 85, p. 17.!
Some have too much, yet still do crave;

I little have, and seek no more:
They are but poor, though much they have,

And I am rich with little store :
They poor, I rich; they beg, I give;
They lack, I have; they pine, I live.


BISHOP STILL (JOHN). 1543–1607.
I cannot eat but little meat,

My stomach is not good;
But sure I think that I can drink
With him that wears a hood.

Gammer Gurton's Needle.?

Act it.

* There is a very similar but anonymous copy in the British Museum. Additional M$. 15225, p. 85. And there is an imitation in J. Sylvester's Works, p. 651. – Hannah : Courtly Poets.

My mind to me a kingdom is ;

Such perfect joy therein I find,
As far exceeds all earthly bliss

That God and Nature hath assigned.
Though much I want that most would have,
Yet still my mind forbids to crave.

BYRD: Psnlmes, Sonnels, etc. 1588.
My mind to me an empire is,
While grace affordeth health.

ROBERT SUUTHWELL (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.

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.

Gammer Gurton's Needle: Act in


The Lord descended from above

And bow'd the heavens high;
And underneath his et he cast

The darkness of the sky.

On cherubs and on cherubims

Full royally he rode;
And on the wings of all the winds
Came flying all abroad.

A Metrical Version of Psalm cím

MATHEW ROYDON. Circa 1586.

A sweet attractive kinde of grace,
A full assurance given by lookes,
Continuall comfort in a face
The lineaments of Gospell bookes.

An Elegie ; or Friend's Passion for his Astrophill.
Was never eie did see that face,
Was never eare did heare that tong,

minde did minde his grace,
That ever thought the travell long;

But eies and eares and ev'ry thought
Were with his sweete perfections caught. Ibid.


1 This piece (ascribed to Spenser) was printed in The Phonia Nest, 4to, 1693, where it is anonymous Todd has shown that it was written by

Mathew Roydon.

SIR EDWARD COKE. 1549–1634.

The gladsome light of jurisprudence.

First Institute. Reason is the life of the law; nay, the common law itself is nothing else but reason. The law, which is perfection of reason.

Ibid. For a man's house is his castle, et domus sua cuique tutissimum refugium.?

Third Institute. Page 162. The house of every one is to him as his castle and fortress, as well for his defence against injury and violence as for his repose.

Semayne's Case, 5 Rep. 91. They corporations) cannot commit treason, nor be outlawed nor excommunicate, for they have no souls.

Case of Sutton's Hospital, 10 Rep. 32. Magna Charta is such a fellow that he will have no sovereign.

Debate in the Commons, May 17, 1628.
Six hours in sleep, in law's grave study six,
Four spend in prayer, the rest on Nature fix.s

Translation of lines quoted by Coke.

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His golden locks time hath to silver turned;

O time too swift! O swiftness never ceasing! His youth 'gainst time and age hath ever spurned, But spurned in vain; youth waneth by encreasing.

Sonnet. Polyhymnia.

1 Let us consider the reason of the case. For nothing is law that is not reason. — Sir John PowELL: Coggs vs. Bernard, 2 Ld. Raym. Rep. p. 911. 3 Pandects, lib. ii. tit. iv. De in Jus vocando.

8 Seven hours to law, to soothing slumber seven ;
Ten to the world allot, and all to heaven.


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