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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.

You have lost your own stomach and found a dog's.
You dig your grave with your teeth.
You can't eat your cake and have your cake.


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.
November take fiail, let ships no more sail.

When the wind is in the West,
The weather is at the best;
When the wind is in the East,
It is good for neither man nor beast;
When the wind is in the South,

It blows the bait into the fishes' mouth.
No weather is ill, if the wind be still.
Drought never bred dearth in England.
A just observation, when applied to our “ weeping climate ;" for

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 plum year--a dumb year..
The third of April,
Comes in the cuckoo and nightingale.

A long harvest and little corn.
Sow wheat in dirt, and rye in dust.

A bushel of March dust is a thing,

Worth the ransom of a king.
England, consisting chiefly of clay land, a dry March makes them

bear abundant crops of corn : therefore, if in that month the
weather is so dry as to make the roads dusty, the country will be
benefited to the amount of a king's ransom, which is no great
sum, if it do not exceed that paid to the Emperor of Germany
for the ransom of Richard 1.-namely, one hundred thousand

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.
Change of weather is the discourse of fools.
A snow year, a rich year.-Italian.

When the fern is as high as a spoon,
You may sleep an hour at noon.
'Till St. James's day be come and gone,

You may have hops, or you may have none.
Ride a horse and a mare on the shoulders; an ass and a

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,

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A PLYMOUTH cloak.-_Devonshire.
A bludgeon, walking stick, or staff; the usual cloak or great coat

of a sailor. As Plymouth is chiefly inhabited by sea-faring per-
sons, the proverb has been fathered on that place, though it be-
longs as much to Portsmouth, Hull, Chatham, or any other

As mad as the baiting bull of Stamford.Lincolnshire.
William, Earl Warren, lord of this town, in the time of king John,

standing upon the walls of the castle at Stamford, saw two bulls
in the meadow fighting for a cow, till all the butchers' dogs pur-
sued one of them, maddened by the noise and multitude, quite
through the town. This fight so pleased the Earl, that he gave
all those meadows, called the castle meadows, where first this
bull-duel began, for a common to the butchers of the town (after
the first grass was eaten), on conditions they annually find a mad
bull to be baited, the day six weeks before Christmas-day.

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.
The Archbishop of Canterbury has, it is said, the power of confer-

ring the degree of doctor of divinity; this was sometimes done as
a matter of favour, without examination ; like the honours occa-
sionally conferred by some of the Northern Universities.

As wise as a man of Gotham.-Nottinghamshire.
Gotham lies in the south-west angle of Nottinghamshire, and is

noted for nothing so much as the story of its wise men, who at

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