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Canterbury Tales continued.]
The Assembly of Foules. Line 22.
Nature, the vicar of the almightie Lord.
Ibid. Line 379.
Of all the floures in the mede, Than love I most these floures white and rede, Soch that men callen daisies in our toun.
The Legend of Good Women. Line 41.
That well by reason men it call may
Ibid. Line 184.
THOMAS A KEMPIS. 1380–1471.
Man proposes, but God disposes."
Imitation of Christ. Book i. Ch. 19.
1 This expression is of much greater antiquity; it appears in the Chronicle of Battel Abbey, page 27 (Lower's Translation), and in Piers Ploughman's Vision, line 13,994.
A man's heart deviseth his way; but the Lord direct. eth his steps. Proverbs xvi. 9.
(Imitation of Christ continued. And when he is out of sight, quickly also is he out of mind."
Book i. Ch. 23. Of two evils, the less is always to be chosen.
Book iii. Ch. 12.
FRANCIS RABELAIS. 1495-1553.
From Motteux's Life. He left a paper sealed up, wherein were found three articles as his last will, "I owe much, I have nothing, I give the rest to the poor.”
Works. Book i. Ch. i. note 2.
Ibid. Hoped to catch larks if ever the heavens should fall.
Book i. Ch. 11. 1 Out of syght, out of mynd.
Googe's Eglogs, Epytaphes, and Sonettes, 1563.
Lord Brooke, Sonnet lvi.
Hendyng's Proverbs, MSS. Circa 1320. ? Je m'en vay chercher un grand peut-estre.
3 Revenons à nos moutons, a proverb taken from the old French farce of Pierre Patelin (ed. 1762, p. 90).
Then I began to think that it is very true, which is commonly said, that one half of the world knoweth not how the other half liveth.
Book ii. Ch. 32, ad fin.
I'll go his halves.
Book iv. Ch. 23.
The Devil was sick, the Devil a monk would be; The Devil was well, the Devil a monk was he.
Book iv. Ch. 24.
THOMAS TUSSER.' 1523-1580.
FIVE HUNDRED POINTS OF GOOD HUSBANDRY.
Time tries the troth in everything.
The Author's Epistle. Ch. I. God sendeth and giveth, both mouth and the meat.
Good Husbandry Lessons.
The stone that is rolling can gather no moss.
Better late than never.?
An Habitation Enforced. At Christmas play, and make good cheer, For Christmas comes but once a year.
The Farmer's Daily Diet.
1 A rowling stone gathers no moss.
Gosson's Ephemerides of Phialo. 2 See Proverbial Expressions.
[Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandry continued.
A Description of the Properties of Winds.
August's Abstract. For buying or selling of pig in a poke.
September's Abstract. Naught venture naught have.
October's Abstract. Look ere thou leap, see ere thou go.
Of Wiving and Thriving.
1 See Proverbial Expressions.
2 On the authority of M. Cimber, of the Bibliothèque Royale, we owe this proverb to Chevalier Bayard,
Tel maître, tel valet. 3 Merry swithe it is in halle, When the beards waveth alle.
Adam Davie (1312), Life of Alexander. 4 See Proverbial Expressions. 5 Fast bind, fast find.
Heywood's Proverbs, 1546.
SIR EDWARD DYER. Circa 1540-1607.
Such present joys therein I find,
That earth affords or grows by kind :
Yet still my mind forbids to crave. From MS. Rawl. 85, p. 17. Hannah's Courtly Poets.,
BISHOP STILL (JOHN). 1543–1607.
I cannot eat but little meat,
My stomach is not good ;
From Gammer Gurton's Needle.? Act ii.
1 Mens regnum bona possidet.
Seneca, Thyestes, Act ii. Line 380.
Such perfect joy therein I find,
That God and Nature hath assigned.
From Byrd's Psalmes, Sonnets, &c., 1588.
Robert Southwell (1560-1595), Look Home. . 2 Stated by Mr. Dyce to be from a MS. in his pos. session, and of older date than Gammer Gurton's Needle. - Skelton, Works, ed. Dyce, i. vii. - X., 11.