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You must let your phlegm subdue your choler, if you would
not spoil your business. You have good manners, but never carry them about you. You must not cut and deal too. You may give him good advice, but who can give him wit to
take it. You must not expect sweet from a dunghill, nor honour from
a clown. Your looking-glass will tell you what none of your friends
French.--Selon le pain il faut le couteau.
WOMEN, LOVE, AND WEDLOCK.
A BONY bride is soon dressed, a short horse soon whisked.
Scotch. At the gate which suspicion enters, love goes out. A maid that laughs is half taken. A mill, a clock, and a woman, always want mending. At weddings and funerals, friends are discerned from kinsfolk. An old man is a bed full of bones. As the good man saith, so say we; but as the good woman
saith, so it must be. A woman and a greyhound must be small in the waist.
Spanish. A little house well filled, a little land well tilled, and a little
wife well willed. A fair woman, with foul conditions, is like a sumptuous se
pulchre, full of corruption. A buxom widow must be either married, buried, or shut up
in a convent.--Spanish. All come to delude her, but none to marry her.- Spanish. A man may love his house well, and yet not ride on the ridge. A man may love his children and relations. well, and yet not be
foolishly fond and indulgent to them. A young woman married to an old man, must behave like an
old woman. All women are good ; good for something, or good for nothing. A woman is known by her walking and drinking.–Spanish.
More, I apprehend, may be known of a woman by her talking than
her “walking." The Spaniards entertain an unfavourable opinion of ladies, who are fond of walking, especially in public
places. A virtuous woman, though ugly, is the ornament of the house. A jealous man's horns hang in his eyes. An obedient wife commands her husband. A man of straw is worth a woman of gold.
French." Un homme de paille, vaut une femme d'or.” If this proverb be meant literally, we can only say, it is a very un
gallant one, especially from so gallant a nation as the French. It is an instance of what we had occasion to remark in the Introduction, that those countries the most celebrated for love and
intrigue, are the most severe in their reflections on the female sex. A woman that loves to be at the window, is like a bunch of
grapes on the highway. A woman and a cherry are painted for their own harm. A woman's work is never at an end. A liquorish tungue, a liquorish tail. A good wife is the workmanship of a good husband. A true friend does sometimes venture to be offensive. An old whore's curse is a blessing. A woman that paints, puts up a bill that she is to be let. A woman is to be from her home three times ; when she is
christened, married, and buried.-Spanish. What jealous-pated knaves these Spaniards must be! A woman had
better go to a nunnery at once. Advise no one to go to the wars, nor to marry.-Spanish. A nice wife and a back door, do often make a rich man poor,
Italian, A man's best fortune or his worst is a wife. A man would not be alone even in Paradise. A husband without ability is like a house without a roof.-
A handsome courtezan is the hell of the soul, and the scourge
of the purse.--Italian. A very great beauty is either a fool, or proud. Women of great personal charms are apt to rely too much upon
them, and neglect other means of making themselves agreeable. But, according to another saying, “ There is no rule without exception," and we doubt not, but there are many among our
fair countrywomen. An amorous person has never too much.-Spanish. A barren sow was never good to pigs.--Scotch. Applied to old maids and unfruitful wives, who, having no children
of their own, deal harshly to other people's. A friend that you buy with presents will be bought from you. An enemy to beauty is a fue to Nature. A dog's nose and a maid's knees are always cold. An amorous old man is like a winter flower.-Spanish.
Spanish.-Viejo amador, invierno con flor.
Ital.-Donna che prende, tosto si rende.
B. Bare walls make gadding housewives. Beauty will buy no beef. Beauty in women is like the flower in Spring; but virtue is,
like the stars of heaven. Beauties without fortunes have sweethearts plenty, but hus.
bands none at all. Be a good husband, and you will soon get a penny to spend,
a penny to lend, and a penny for a friend.
Biting and scratching is Scots' folks wooing.–Scotch.
the feline race-Los amores del gato, vinendo entran :-" Cat's
Their spittings, pawings, high raised rumps,
Swellid tails and merry-andrew jumps,
How sweetly roll their gooseberry eyes,
As loud they tune their amorous cries,
And, loving, scratch each other black and blue !"-WALCOT. Before you marry, be sure of a house wherein to tarry.-
Spanish. - Italian. Bachelors' wives and inaids' children are always well taught. Better wed over the mixon than over the moor.-Cheshire. That is, at home or its vicinity, where the parties are known to each
other, than far off where they are strangers : mixon is the dung and litter in the farm-yard, while the road from Chester to London is over the moorland in Staffordshire. It is a spark of provincial pride, to induce the gentry to intermarry among themselves, to prolong their own families, and perpetuate ancient
friendships. Better go away longing than loathing. Better be half hanged than ill wed. Beauty draws more than oxen. Beauty is no inheritance. Better be a cuckold and not know it, than none and every
body say so.
Call your husband cuckold in jest, and he'll ne’er suspect
you. Children are uncertain comforts : when little, they make pa
rents fools ; when great, mad. Chuse a wife rather by your ear, than your eye. Commend a wedded life, but keep thyself a bachelor.