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From the Return from Parnassus. 4to. London.
Thirty days hath September,
April, June, and November,
February eight-and-twenty all alone,
Unless that leap year doth combine,
And give to February twenty-nine.
From Song No. 7, Ravenscraft's 'Deuteromela,' 1609.
Nose, nose, nose, nose,
And who gave thee that jolly red nose?
Sinament and ginger, nutmegs and cloves,
From the Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border. Sir
I saw the new moon, late yestreen,
From Playford's Musical Companion, 1687. Begone, dull care, I prithee begone from me ; Begone, dull care, thou and I shall never agree.
From the New England Primer.
In Adam's fall
We sinned all.
My book and heart
Must never part.
Martyrdom of Mr. John Rogers.
His wife with nine small children and one at the breast.
Lines used by John Ball, to encourage the Rebels in Wat Tyler's Rebellion. Hume's History of England, Vol I. Chap. 17, Note 8.
When Adam dolve, and Eve span,
Who was then the gentleman?
From a MSS. of the 15th Century in the British Museum. Songs and Carols.
Now bething the, gentilman,
How Adam dalf and Eve span.
The same proverb existed in German. Agricola. (Prov. No. 264.) So Adam reutte, und Eva span
Wer was da ein eddelman.
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.*
* This line is quoted by Pope, in the 1st Epistle of Horace, Book ii. 'Praise undeserved is scandal in disguise.'
[Published in the early part of the reign of George I.]
Down among the dead men let him lie.
Lines Written in the Album of David Krieg.
Think that day lost whose [low] descending sun
Your success and happiness
is sincerely wished by
Ja. Bobart, Oxford.
From Ovid's Metamorphosis, translated by several
hands and published by Samuel Garth.
12mo., 1751. Vol. ii. Book 7, Line 20.
I see the right, and I approve it too,
Condemn the wrong, and yet the wrong pursue.‡
From the 'Prologue written for the Opening of the Play-house at New South Wales, Jan. 16, 1796.' (Barrington's 'New South Wales,' p. 152.)
True patriots all; for be it understood,
We left our country for our country's good.
* Nichol's Autographs in the British Museum.
Jacob Bobart was a son of the celebrated botanist of that name: he died about 1726.
Video meliora, proboque;
Proverbial Expressions from the English Poets,
which are of common origin.
All that glisters is not gold.*
SHAKSPERE. Merchant of Venice. Act . Sc. 7.
But all thing, which that shineth as the gold
Ne is no gold, as I have herd it told.
CHAUCER. Yeoman's Tale. Line 16,430.
Yet gold all is not that doth golden seem.
SPENSER. Faëre Queen. Book ii. c. 8. St. 14.
All as they say that glitters is not gold.
Castles in the air.
DRYDEN. Hind and Panther.
Duke Grafton's Answer. - Broome. Poverty and Poetry.-CHURCHILL. Epistle to R. Lloyd.-SHENSTONE. On Taste. Part ii.-LLOYD. Epistle to Colman.
Devil take the hindmost.
BUTLER. Hudibras. Part i. c. 2. Line 633.-PRIOR. Ode on taking Namur.-POPE. Dunciad. Book ii. Line 60.BURNS. To a Haggis.
Compare great things with small.
Georgics. Book iv. Line 176.-MILTON. Paradise Lost. Book ii. Line 921.-CoWLEY. The Motto.-TICKELL Poem on Hunting.-POPE. Windsor Forest.
Gray mare will prove the better horse.+
PRIOR. Epilogue to Lucius.
The gray mare will be the better horse.
The Marriage of true Wit and Science. BUTLER. Hudibras.
Great wits will jump.
* This expression was a favourite among the old English Poets. Mr. Macaulay thinks that this proverb originated in the preference generally given to the gray mares of Flanders over the finest coachhorses of England. History of England, vol. i. ch. 3.
Good witts will jumpe.
Dr. COUGHAM. Camden Soc. Pub. p. 20.-DUKE OF
Ill wind turns none to good.
TUSSER. Moral Reflections on the Wind
Not the ill wind which blows none to good.
SHAKSPERE. King Henry IV. Part ii. Act v. Sc. 3.
Ill blows the wind that profits nobody.
Ibid. King Henry VI. Part iii. Act ii. Sc. 5.
Look a gift horse in the mouth.
BUTLER. Hudibras. Part i. c. 1. Line 490.-RABELAIS.
Look ere thou leap, see ere thou go.
TUSSER. Five Points of Good Husbandry. Ch. 57.
Look before you ere you leap.
BUTLER. Hudibras. Part ii. c 2. Line 502.
Moon is made of green cheese.
Jack Fugler, p. 46.-BUTLER. Hudibras.
No love lost between us.
GOLDSMITH. She Stoops to Conquer. Activ. —
Of two evils the less is always to be chosen.
THOMAS A KEMPIS. Imitation of Christ. Book ii. ch. 12.
SPENSER. On his promised Pension. SHAKSPERE.
As You Like It. Act iii. Sc. 2.
Sir Thomas More advised an author who had sent