The proverbs of John Heywood, ed. by J. Sharman

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Julian Sharman
1874
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Page 60 - As thou art in desire? Wouldst thou have that Which thou esteemst the ornament of life, And live a coward in thine own esteem, Letting "I dare not" wait upon "I would," Like the poor cat i
Page xii - Arthure: the whole pleasure of which booke standeth in two speciall poyntes, in open mans slaughter, and bold bawdrye: In which booke those be counted the noblest Knightes, that do kill most men without any quarell, and commit fowlest aduoulteres by sutlest shiftes...
Page 162 - Inquire what gallants sup in the next room; and, if they be any of your acquaintance, do not you, after the city fashion, send them in a pottle of wine, and your name, sweetened in two pitiful papers of sugar, with some filthy apology crammed into the mouth of a drawer; but rather keep a boy in fee, who under-hand shall proclaim you in every room, what a gallant fellow you are, how much you spend yearly in taverns, what a great gamester, what custom you bring to the house, in what witty discourse...
Page 134 - God a mercy horse." In the end, Tarlton, seeing the people laugh so, was angry inwardly, and said : sir, had I power of your horse, as you have, I would doe more than that. What ere it be, said Banks, to please him, I will charge him to do it. Then sales Tarlton : charge him to bring me the veriest whore-master in the company. The horse leades his master to him. Then "God a mercy horse...
Page 8 - I gaine my wealth by ordinaries ? no : by exchanging of gold ? no : by keeping of gallants companie? no. I hired me a little shop, fought low, tooke small gaine, kept no debt booke, garnished my shop, for want of plate, with good wholesome thriftie sentences ; as, " Touchstone, keepe thy shoppe, and thy shoppe will keepe thee.
Page xii - In our forefathers' time, when papistry, as a standing pool, covered and overflowed all England, few books were read in our tongue, saving certain books of chivalry, as they said, for pastime and pleasure, which, as some say, were made in monasteries by idle monks or wanton...
Page 149 - I should say to him, in the whole world! He values me at a crack'd three-farthings, for aught I see. It will never out of the flesh that's bred in the bone. I have told him enough, one would think, if that would serve; but counsel to him is as good as a shoulder of mutton to a sick horse.
Page 7 - And that deliberation doth men assist, Before they wed to beware of had I wist?
Page 142 - ... as euerie storme hath his calme, and the greatest spring-tide the deadest ebbe, so fared it with Francesco : for so long went the pot to the water that at last it came broken home ; and so long put he his hand into his pursse that at last the emptie bottome returned him a writt of Non est inuentus ; for well might the Diuell dance there, for euer a crosse to keepe him backe.
Page 118 - ... man that knew the world to a hayre, would say, that the meane was sure : better be in the middle roome, then either in the Garret or the Sellor...

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