A compleat collection of English proverbs. To which is added, A collection of English words not generally used. [2 pt. Interleaved, with MS. additions by F. Douce].

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Page 38 - A swarm of bees in May is worth a load of hay. A swarm of bees in June is worth a silver spoon. A swarm of bees in July is not worth a fly.
Page 253 - Sir, quoth he, and I may remember the building of Tenterton steeple, and I may remember when there was no steeple at all there. And before that Tenterton steeple was in building, there was no manner of speaking of any flats or sands that stopped the haven ; and therefore I think that Tenterton steeple is the cause of the destroying and decay of Sandwich haven.
Page 235 - A MAN of words and not of deeds Is like a garden full of weeds...
Page 49 - The wife that expects to have a good name, . • Is always at home, as if she were lame: And the maid that is honest, her chiefest delight Is still to be doing from morning to night.
Page 34 - Parsley fried, will bring a man to his saddle, and a woman to her grave. I know not the reason of this proverb. Parsley was wont to be esteemed a very wholesome herb, however prepared; only by the ancients it was forbidden them that had the falling sickness; and modern experience hath found it to be bad for the eyes.
Page 155 - Many talk of Robin Hood that never shot in his bow, And many talk of little John, that never did him know.
Page 262 - Alluding to an old proverb : Who goes to Westminster for a wife, to St. Paul's for a man, and to Smithfield for a horse, may meet with a whore, a knave, and a jade.
Page 110 - A fool may ask more questions in an hour than a wise man can answer in seven years.
Page 41 - If there be a rainbow in the eve, it will rain and leave, But if there be a rainbow in the morrow, it will neither lend nor borrow.
Page 253 - with a supplement therennto ; it is this : Time out of mind, money was constantly collected out of this county to fence the east banks thereof against the irruption of the sea, and such sums were deposited in the hands of the Bishop of Rochester : but because the sea had been quiet for many years without any encroaching, the Bishop commuted this money to the building of a steeple, and endowing a church at Tenterden.

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