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When bread is wanting, oaten cakes are excellent.--Spanish. Who sups well, sleeps well.
Ital.--Chi ben cena, ben dorma. With respect to the gout, the physician is but a lout.
Spanish. Who steals an old man's supper does him no harm. Wine wears no breeches.- French. It usually loosens the tongue and gives the liberty of speech. For
this reason, ladies generally withdraw, when the wine comes on the table, not choosing to be present with such an indecent
Wine is a turn-coat; first a friend, then an enemy.
HUSBANDRY AND WEATHER. ,
Ir the grass grow in Janiveer,
It grows the worse for't all the year. On Candlemas-day, throw candle and candlestick away. . All the months in the year, curse a fair February. March in January, January in March I fear. March winds and May sun, make clothes white and maids
dun. April showers bring forth May flowers. When April blows his horn, it's good both for hay and corn. April and May are the key of the whole year. A hot May, a fat church yard. September blow soft, till the fruit's in the loft.
Good October a good blast,
To blow the hog acorn and mast.
When the wind is in the West,
It blows the bait into the fishes' mouth.
though in such years the straw be short, the grain is good and hearty.
An evening red, and a morning grey, is a sign of a fair day. The French say, “ Le rouge soir, et blanc matin, font rejouir le pe
lerin.” A red evening and a white morning rejoice the pilgrim. A proverb I have never observed to fail.
After a famine in the stall.
Comes a famine in the hall. Somersetshire. As the days lengthen, so the cold strengthens.
This rule in gardening never forget :
“ To sow dry and set wet.” Good husbandry is good divinity:- Italian. Calm weather in June, sets corn in tune.
If the first of July be rainy weather,
'Twill rain more or less for forty days together. By the correction of the calendar, in the reign of George II. St.
Swithin's day is the fifteenth of July. This circumstance afforded much amusement to HORACE WALPOLE, who used to ridicule the soothsayers and observers of particular days; saying it was not likely that St. Swithin, or any other Saint, would accommodate themselves to English acts of parliament. With the exception, however, of the present year, St. Swithin has rarely failed in his annual libation. The origin of the proverb is a monkish legend. In the year 865, St. Swithin, Bishop of Winchester, to which rank he was raised by King Ethelwolfe the Dane, dying, he was canonized by the Pope. He was singular for desiring to be buried in the open church yard, and not in the chancel of the minster, as was usual with other bishops, which request was complied with; but the monks, on his being canonized, taking it into their head that it was disgraceful for the Saint to be in the open church-yard, resolved to move his body into the choir, which was to be done, with solemn procession, on the fifteenth of July. It rained, however, so violently on that day, and for forty days succeeding, as had hardly ever been known, which made them set aside their design as hereti and blasphemous; and instead, they erected a chapel over his
grave, at which many miracles are said to have been wrought. A dry summer near made a dear peck. -Scotch. Corn and horn go together: when corn is cheap, catlle are not dear.
A cherry year-a merry year,
A long harvest and little corn.
A bushel of March dust is a thing,
Worth the ransom of a king.
bear abundant crops of corn : therefore, if in that month the
pounds. Winter never rots in the sky. No dearth but begins in the horse-manger. If oats fail, there is generally a bad crop of every other sort of
grain : but the saying was more strictly true, when oatmeal was inore generally the food of the lower classes in England.
So many mists in March you see,
So many frosts in May will be.
When the fern is as high as a spoon,
You may have hops, or you may have none.
mule on the buttocks.—Spanish. If the partridge had but the woodcock's thigh, It would be the best bird that ever did fly.
At Twelfth Day, the days are lengthened a cock's stride. • Make the vine poor, and it will make you rich.
Prune off the branches. A field requires three things; fair weather, good seed, and a
good husbandman.— Italian. Set trees poor, and they will grow rich ; set them rich, and
they will grow poor. Remove them always out of a barren, into a more fertile soil: the
contrary would be like a man passing from a rich to a poor diet, under which he would soon exhibit a very meagre appearance,
A PLYMOUTH cloak.-_Devonshire.
of a sailor. As Plymouth is chiefly inhabited by sea-faring per-
As mad as the baiting bull of Stamford.Lincolnshire.
standing upon the walls of the castle at Stamford, saw two bulls
A Barnwell ague.-Cambridgeshire. · A nameless disease. Barnwell is a village near Cambridge, famous
for the residence of ladies of pleasure, attending the University. GROSE.
A Lambeth doctor.--Surrey.
ring the degree of doctor of divinity; this was sometimes done as
As wise as a man of Gotham.-Nottinghamshire.
noted for nothing so much as the story of its wise men, who at