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When the sunne shineth, make hay.
Proverbes. Part i. Chap. iii. When the iron is hot, strike.
Ibid. The tide tarrieth no man.”
Ibid. Than catch and hold while I may, fast binde, fast finde.
Ibid. And while I at length debate and beate the bush, There shall steppe in other men and catch the burdes.
Ibid. While betweene two stooles
goe to the ground.5
Ibid. So many heads so many wits.
Ibid. Wedding is destiny, And hanging likewise.
1 You should hammer your iron when it is glowing hot. — PUBLIUS Syrus: Maxim 262.
Strike whilst the iron is hot. — RABELAIS : book ii, chap. xxxi. WEBSTER: Westward Hoe. Tom A'Lincolne. FARQUHAR: The Beaux' Strat
agem, iv. 1.
2 Hoist up saile while gale doth last,
ROBERT SOUTHWELL : St. Peter's Complaint. 1595.
8 Fast bind, fast find;
SHAKESPEARE : Merchant of Venice, act ii. sc. 5. Also in Jesls of Scogin. 1565. 4 It is this proverb which Henry V. is reported to have uttered at the siege of Orleans. “ Shall I beat the bush and another take the bird ?" said King Henry.
5 Entre deux arcouns chet cul à terre (Between two stools one sits on the ground). – Les Proverbes del Vilain, MS. Bodleian. Circa 1303.
S'asseoir entre deux selles le cul à terre (One falls to the ground in trying to sit on two stools). — RABELAIS : book i. chap. ii. 6 As many men, so many minds. — TERENCE : Phormio, iï. 3.
As the saying is, So many heades, so many wittes. QUEEN ELIZABETH: Godly Meditacyon of the Christian Smule. 1548.
So many men so many mindes. — GASCOIGNE: Glass of Government.
Hanging and wiving go by destiny. – The Schole-hous for Women. 1541. SHAKESPEARE: Merchant of Venice, act 2. sc. 9.
Marriage and hanging go by destiny; matches are made in heaven. Burton: Anatomy of Melancholy, part iii. sec. 2, mem. 5, subs. 5.
Happy man, happy dole. Proverbes. Part i. Chap. iii. God never sends th' mouth but he sendeth meat. Chap. 1o. Like will to like.
Ibid. A hard beginning maketh a good ending.
Ibid. When the skie falth we shall have Larkes."
Ibid. More frayd then hurt.
Ibid. Feare may
force a man to cast beyond the moone.8 Ibid. Nothing is impossible to a willing hart.
Ibid. The wise man sayth, store is no sore.
Chap. v. Let the world wagge,* and take mine ease in myne Inne.'
Ibid. Rule the rost.
Ibid. Hold their noses to grinstone."
Ibid. Better to give then to take. 8
Ibid. When all candles bee out, all cats be gray.
Ibid. No man ought to looke a given horse in the mouth. Ibid.
man be his dole SHAKESPEARE: Merry Wives, act iii. sc. 4; Winter's Tale, act i. sc. 2. Butler : fludibras, part i. canto iii. line 168. * Si les nues tombovent esperoyt prendre les alouettes (If the skies fall
, one may hope to catch larks). — RABELAIS : book i. chap. xi.
8 To cast beyond the moon, is a phrase in frequent use by the old writers. LILY: Euphues, p. 78.
THOMAS HEYWOOD: A Woman Killed with Kindness. 4 Let the world slide.
SHAKESPEARE : Taming of the Shrer, ind. 1; and, Let the world slip, ind. 2. 6 Shall I not take mine ease in mine inn ? SHAKESPEARE: 1 Henry IV. act ii. sc. 2. See Skelton, page 8.
SHAKESPEARE: 2 Henry VI. act i. sc. 1. THOMAS Heywood: History of Women. :: Hold their noses to the grindstone. MIDDLETON : Blurt, MasterConstable, act iii. sc. 3.
8 It is more blessed to give than to receive. – John xx. 35. . This proverb occurs in Rabelais, book i. chap. xi. ; in Vulgaria Stambrigi
, circa 1510 ; in Butler, part i. canto i. line 490. Archbishop Trench says this proverb is certainly as old as Jerome of the fourth century, who, when some found fault with certain writings of his, replied that they were free-will offerings, and that it did not behove to look a gift horse in the mouth.
I perfectly feele even at my fingers end."
Proverbes. Part s. Chap. vi A sleveless errand.?
Chap. vii. We both be at our wittes end.8
Chap. viji. Reckeners without their host must recken twice. Ibid. A day after the faire. Cut my cote after my cloth.5
Ibid. The neer to the church, the further from God.
Chap. ix. Now for good lucke, cast an old shooe after me. Ibid. Better is to bow then breake.?
Ibid. It hurteth not the toung to give faire words.8 Ibid. Two heads are better then one.
Ibid. A short horse is soone currid.'
Chap. z. To tell tales out of schoole.
Ibid. To hold with the hare and run with the hound.10
i Rabelais: book iv. chop. liv. At my fingers' ends. SHAKEST'EATE : Twelfth Nighi, act i. sc. 3.
2 The origin of the word “sleveless," in the sense of unprofitable, has defied the most careful research. It is frequently found allied to other substantives. Bishop Hall speaks of the "sleveless tale of transubstantiation," and Milton writes of a “sleveless reason." Chaucer uses it in the Testament of Love. - - SHARMAN.
3 At their wit's end. - Psalm cvii. 27.
TARLTON : Jests, 1611.
5 A relic of the Sumptuary Laws. One of the earliest instances occurs, 1530, in the interlude of Godly Queene Hester.
6 Qui est près de l'église est souvent loin de Dieu (He who is near the Church is often far from God). - Les Proverbes Communs. Circa 1500.
7 Rather to bowe than breke is profitable;
the French (1390) by Earl Rivers, and printed
by Caxton in 1478. 8 Fair words never hurt the tongue. — Joxsox, CHAPMAN, MARSTON . Eastward Ho, act iv. sc 1.
9 FLETCHER : Valentinian, act ii. sc. 1. 10 HUMPHREY Robert: Complaint for Reformation, 1572. LYLY: Euphues, 1579 (Arber's reprint), p. 107.
She is nether fish nor flesh, nor good red herring.'
Proverbes. Part i. Chap. z. All is well that endes well.?
Ibid. Of a good beginning cometh a good end.
Ibid. Shee had seene far in a milstone."
Ibid. Better late than never.5
Ibid. When the steede is stolne, shut the stable durre. Ibid.
Pryde will have a fall; For pryde goeth before and shame commeth after.; Ibid. She looketh as butter would not melt in her mouth.8
Ibid. The still sowe eats up all the draffe.”
Ibid. Ill weede growth fast."
Ibid. Neither fish nor Alesh, nor good red herring. – Sir H. SHEREs : Satyr on the Sea Officers. Tom Brown: Æneus Sylvius's Letter. Deyden: Epilogue to the Duke of Guise.
* Si finis bonus est, totum bonum erit (If the end be well, all will be well). - Gestæ Romanorum. Tale lærii.
8 Who that well his warke beginneth,
Gower : Confessio Amantis. * LYLY: Euphues (Arber's reprint), p. 288. - Tusser: Fire Hundred Points of Good Husbandry, An Habitation Enforced. BUNYAN: Pilgrim's Progress. MATHEW HENRY: Commentaries, Matthew xxi. MURPHY: The School for Guardians.
Potius sero quam nunquam (Rather late than never). - Livy: iv. ii. 11. • Quant le cheval est emblé dounke ferme fols l'estable (When the horse has been stolen, the fool shuts the stable). — Les Proverbes del Vilain. Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.
Pryde goeth before, and shame cometh behynde. – Trentise of a Gallant. • She looks as if butter would not melt in her mouth. SWIFT: Polite 19. 'Tis old, but true, still swine eat all the draff. - SHAKESPEARE: Merry Wives of Windsor, act iv. sc. 2. 10 Ewyl weed ys sone y-growe. — Ms. Harleian, circa 1490.
- CHAPMAN : An Humorous Day's Mirth.
SHAKESPEARE: Richard III. act ü. sc. 4. BEAUMONT AND FLETCHER : The Corcomb, act iv. sc. 4.
Proverbs rri. 18.
An ill weed grows apace.
It is a deere collop That is cut out of th' owne flesh."
Proverbes. Part 1. Chap. z. Beggars should be no choosers.”
Ibid. Every cocke is proud on his owne dunghill.
Chap. n. The rolling stone never gathereth mosse.
Ibid. To robbe Peter and pay Poule.
Ibid. A man may well bring a horse to the water, But he cannot make him drinke without he will. Toid. Men say, kinde will creepe where it may not goe. Ibid. The cat would eate fish, and would not wet her feete.?
Ibid. While the grasse groweth the horse starveth.8
Ibid. 1 God knows thou art a collop of my flesh. - SHAKESPEARE: 1 Henry VI. act v. sc. 4.
3 Beggars must be no choosers. — BEAUMONT AND FLETCHER: The Scornful Lady, act v. sc. 3.
8 þet coc is kene on his owne mixenne. — pe Ancren Riwle. Circa 1250,
4 The stone that is rolling can gather no moss. — TUSSER: Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandry.
A rolling stone gathers no moss. PUBLIUS SYRUS: Maxim 524. Gosson: Ephemerides of Phialo. MARSTON : The Fawn.
Pierre volage ne queult mousse (A rolling stone gathers no moss). – De l'hermite qui se désespéra pour le larron que ala en paradis avant que lui, 13th century.
6 To rob Peter and pay Paul is said to have derived its origin when, in the reign of Edward VI., the lands of St. Peter at Westminster were appropriated to raise money for the repair of St. Paul's in London.
6 You know that love Will creep in service when it cannot go.
SHAKESPEARE : Two Gentlemen of Verona, act
iv. sc. 2. * Shakespeare alludes to this proverb in Macbeth :
Letting I dare not wait upon I would,
Like the poor cat i' the adage. Cat lufat visch, ac he nele his feth wete. — MS. Trinity College, Cambridge, circa 1250.
: Whylst grass doth grow, oft sterves the seely steede. – WHETSTONE : Promos and Cassandra 1678.
While the grass grows
SHAKESPEARE: Hamlet, act iii. sc. 4.