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The higher the plum tree, the riper the plum ;
The richer the cobbler, the blacker his thumb..
A man of words and not of deeds,
Is like a garden full of weeds.
Wornen and wine, game and deceit,
Make the wealth small, and the wants great.
He that buys land, buys many stones;
He that buys flesh, buys many bones ;
He that buys eggs, buys many shells;
But he that buys good ale, buys nothing else.
If not by might,
E'en do it by slight.
He's a wise man, who, when he's well, can hold himself so.
Many a little makes a mickle.
Little strokes fell great oaks.
Pay what you owe,
And what you're worth you'll know.
Sometimes words hurt more than swords.
Linen often to water, soon to tatter.
He that would please all, and himself too,
Undertakes what none could do.'
He that by the plough would thrive,
Himself must either hold or drive.
There's nothing agrees worse,
Than a prince's heart and a beggar's purse.
Our fathers, who were wond'rous wise,
Did wash their throats before they wash'd their eyes.
The shape of a good Greyhound.
A head like a snake, a neck like a drake,
A back like a beam, a belly like a bream,
A foot like a cat, a tail like a rat.
As a man lives, so shall he die ;
As a tree falls, so shall it lie.
He that once a good name gets,
May |-- a-bed, and say he sweats.
An ague in the spring,
Is physic for a king.
The father to the bough,
The son to the plough.'
The head and feet keep warm,
The rest will take no harm. -
First canting, then wooing;
Then dallying, then doing.
We will bear with the stink,
If it bring but in chink.
An ape's an ape, a varlet's a varlet,
Though they be clad in silk or scarlet.
The counsels that are given in wine,
Will do no good to thee or thine.
Who, more than he is worth, doth spend,
E'en makes a rope his life to end.
A thousand pounds and a bottle of hay,
Are all one at Doomsday. .
Be always as merry as ever you can,
For no one delights in a sorrowful man.
Maidens must be mild and meek ;
Swift to hear, and slow to speak.
A whip for a fool, and a rod for a school,
Are always in good season.-CARDINAL WOLSEY.
The devil was sick, the devil a monk would be
The devil was well, the devil a monk was he.
It would make a man scratch where it doth'not itch,
To see a man live poor, to die rich.
The Inner Temple' rich,
The Middle Temple poor;
Lincoln's Inn for law,
And Gray's Inn for a w “ Manners make the man," quoth William of Wickham. William of Wickham was a person well known. He was bishop of
Winchester, founded a new college in Oxford, and Winchester college in Hampshire. This was generally his motto, inscribed frequently on places of his founding. So that it became pro
verbial. Who spends more than he should, Hath not to spend when he would.
If a man knew when things would be dear,
He need be a merchant but one year.
Would you live an angel's days?
Be honest, just, and wise always.
Enough's as good as a feast,
To one that's not a beast.
Early to bed, and early to rise,
Will make a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.
If you trust before you try,
You may repent before you die. .
Wide will wear,
But narrow will tear. Site
One God—no more,
But friends good store.
I never saw an oft-removed tree,
Nor yet an oft-removed-family,
That throve so well as those that settled be,
There are no gains without pains ;
Then plough deep, while sluggards sleep.
Up starts a churl that gathereth good ;
From whence did spring his noble blood ?
He that hath more smocks than shirts in a bucking,
Had need be a man of good forelooking--Chaucer.
Great wits to madness, sure are near allied,
And thin partitions do their bounds divide.
His wit got wings, and would have flown,
But poverty still kept him down. .
When a musician has forgot his note,
He makes as though a cruin stuck in his throat,
• The most haste the worst speed,"
Quoth the tailor to his long ihread.
The good or ill hope of a good or ill life,
Is the good or ill choice of a good or ill wife.
When I did well, I heard it never;
When I did ill, I heard it ever.
He who will thrive, must rise at five;
He who has thriven, may sleep till scven.
The friend of the table,
Is very variable.- French.
Vessels large may venture more,
But little boats should keep near sliore.
A light purse,
Is a heavy curse.
Such envious things the women are,
That fellow flirts they cannot bear.
Fond pride of dress is sure a very curse;
Ere fancy you consult, consult your purse.
For age and want save while you may;
No morning sun lasts a whole day.
Get what you can, and what you get hold ;
"Tis the stone that will turn all your lead into gold.
He that gives liis goods before he be dead,
Take up a mallet and knock him on the head.
Taken from the history of one John Bell, who, having given all his
substance to his children, was by them neglected: after he died
there was found a mallet, with this inscription :
I, John Bell, leaves her a mell, the man to fell,
Who gives all to his bairns, and keeps nothing to himsell.
Many estates are spent in the getting
Since women, for tea, forsook spinning and knitting,
And men, for their punch, forsook hewing and splitting.
Who dainties love,
Shall beggars prove.
Wise men with pity do behold
Fools worship mules who carry gold.
They that bave no other meat,
Bread and butter are glad to eat.
As your wedding-ring wears,
You'll wear off your cares.
Like blood, like goods, and like ages,
Make the bappiest marriages.