Scottish proverbs, collected and arranged by A. Henderson

Front Cover
Andrew Henderson
0 Reviews

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Selected pages


Common terms and phrases

Popular passages

Page 156 - If the twenty-fourth of August be fair and clear, Then hope for a prosperous autumn that year.
Page 114 - Happy is the bride that the sun shines on, Happy is the corpse that the rain rains on.
Page 17 - When I did well, I heard it never; When I did ill, I heard it ever.
Page xxviii - The labour of compiling so rich a collection was undertaken by the author during the time of pestilence, in the year 1568, when the dread of infection compelled men to forsake their usual employments, which could not be conducted without admitting the ordinary promiscuous intercourse between man and his kindred men.
Page 152 - An evening red and a morning grey Doth betoken a bonnie day : An evening grey and a morning red, Put on your hat or ye 'll weet your head.
Page 36 - INDUSTRY AND IDLENESS. No pains, no gains. No sweat, no sweet. No mill, no meal. FROM the Latin, " Qui vitat molam, vitat farinam." "To stop the hand is the way to stop the mouth" (Chinese). He that wad eat the kernel maun crack the nut. — Scotch. He that gapes till he be fed will gape till he be dead.
Page 15 - Gang to bed wi' the lamb, and rise wi' the laverock. He that wad thrive, must rise by five ; — He that has thriven, may lie till seven. They maun be up sune that cheat the tod. They that rise with the sun, hae their work weel begun. They wha are early up and hae nae business, hae either an ill bed, an ill wife, or an ill conscience. EATING. Eat in measure, and defy the doctor. Eating needs but a beginning. Eating and cleaning only require...
Page liii - Proverbs must be distinguished from proverbial phrases, and from sententious maxims ; but as proverbs have many faces, from their miscellaneous nature, the class itself scarcely admits of any definition. When Johnson defined a proverb to be ' a short sentence frequently repeated by the people...
Page 162 - The West, as a father, all goodness doth bring, The East, a forbearer no manner of thing : The South, as unkind, draweth sickness too near. The North, as a friend, maketh all again clear. With temperate wind, we be blessed of God, With tempest we find, we are beat with his rod : All power, we know, to remain in his hand, How ever wind blow, by sea or by land.
Page 49 - Syrie rysis up and lets his grace owerpass, — Sittes down lyk an ox, and rysis lyk ane ass. From John Maxwell's Works, 1584. PRIDE. A proud heart in a poor breast has muckle dolour to dree. A proud mind and a beggar's purse agree ill thegither. A twalpenny cat may look at the king. Alike ilka day maks a clout on Sunday. LDon't wear your best clothes every day or they won't be fit for Sunday.] A's no gowd that glitters. A' Campbells are no sib to the duke (of Argyle).

Bibliographic information