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Melan., II., iii. 3.
Ablue pecte canem canis est, quia permanet idem. — M5. Tvin.
Col., Ox., 2, 45.
A cur will bite before he bark. — C, 1629.
A cur bites before he bark. — CI.

Swie man vest den hunden mite
So hant dock i emer hundes site.

Friedank, ed. Grimm, p. 138.

Lavez chen, peignez chen,
Toute vols nest chen qe chen.

MS. Corpus Christi Coll., Canih., No. 450.

A curly head, a hasty temper. — Christy.

A curst cow gives a pail of milk and kicks it down with her heels. —
C, 1629.

To a curst cow short horns. — Percival, Sp. Gram., 1599.

The curst cow has short horns. — CI. ; T. Lodge, Wit's Miserie, p. 18.
1596.

An ill-willy cow should hae short horns. — Ferg.

The curstest cow hath the shortest horns. — Greene, Quip for an
Upstart Courtier.

Few curst Kie have long horns. — Melb., Phil., Y. 2.
Shrewde Kyne shall have shorte homes. — Gosson, An Apol. of the
Sch. of Abuse, p. 64.

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A curst dog must be tied short. — C, 1629; CI.; Shak., Twelfth

Night, iii. 2, 39.
A curst cur must be tied short. — CI.

A damaged leg in bed should rest,
An arm be laid at nurse on breast.
Bras a la poictrine,
Jambe en gesine. — Cotg.

This renders, I think, the meaning of the following treatment
of varicose veins : —

" Ye must command the patient to keep his leg higher than his
body alway in his bed, that blood descend not down again.
For this point be necessary if he will be cured of his malady
according to the popular proverb : Gamba al lecto, braso
al pecto, which willeth the hand to be kept at the bosom
and the leg in the bed." — BuUein, Bnlwarhe of Def. [Sorenes
and Chynivgi], f. 35. 1562.

See The sore arm : El pie en el lecho

y el braco en el pegho. — Nunez, 1555.

La mano al petto,
la gamba al letto.

Joubert, Er. Pop., H. 1579.

A daft nurse makes a wise wean. — Ry.

A Dead Wife (under the table — S., -P. C.) is the best goods in a
man's house. — R., 1678.

Bendita sea puerta

por do sale muger muerta.

A dear ship stands long in the haven. — Ferg.

Whether a daw sit, or whether a daw fly.
Whether a daw stand, or whether a daw lie,
Whether a daw creep, or whether a daw cry.
In what case soever a daw doth persever,
A daw is a daw, and a daw shall be ever.

Tarlton's Jests, 161 1, p. 34 (Shak. Soc).

A denk (neat, trim) maiden makes a dirty wife. — K.

A dinner party should not be less than the Graces nor more than
the Muses.

If I may my serious judgement give,

I 'm wholly for King Charles' number five.

That was the stint in which that monarch fixed.

Who would not be with noisiness perplexed.

And that, if thou agree to think it best,

Shall be our tale of heads without one other guest.

Swift, yohn Dennis' Invitation.

A decent boldness ever meets with friends. — Arthur, Banquet cf
Brevities.

A Diurnal maker* is the sub-amnerf to an Historian. — Ho.
* i.e. journalist. + Almoner.

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ENGLISH APHORISMS,

" A doctor is a man who puts drugs of which he knows little into a
body of which he knows less." — Justice Stephen, Trial of
Florence May brick, August, i88g.
" I intend to make merry with my parishoners this Christmas for
all the sorrow, lest perchance I never return to them again,
and I have heard say that * a doe is as good in winter as a
buck in summer.' " — Latimer, Letters, VI., 1531 (Parker Soc).
A dog's obeyed in office. — Shak., King Lear, iv. 6, 159.
A dog in a doublet, bitch in a basket. — Ho.

They have been at the Ape's Academy these six months to breed
them fine gentlemen, and yet there 's a cobbler's dog in a
doublet that lives in a cellar in the louvre has outrevelled
them both, and passes for a finer gentleman. — Kiliigrew,
Thomaso, II., i. 2.

Then all this while have I been bubbled,
I thought it was a dog in doublet ;
The matter now no longer sticks,
For Statesmen never want dog-tricks.

Swift, Upon the Horrid Plot.
A dogged mind is the worse for beating. — Horm., V., p. 94.
A dram of mirth is worth a pound of sorrow. — CI.

One dram of curtesy is worth a whole pound of discourtesy. — Melb.,
Phil., p. 47.

A drunken man cannot lie. — Ad., 1622.
Drunken folk tell the truth.— Wr.
A drunken wife (will get*) the drunken penny, [but a drudge will
get a dark (day's work)] . — K.

* gat ay. — Ferg.

A dumb man holds all. — Ferg.
A dumb man wins nae law. — Ry.
A duck of a boy makes a goose of a man.
A fair day (in winter — H., 2) is mother of a storm. — CI.
A fair bird hath fair feathers (Nobilitas). — CI.

A fair face must have good conditions. — D. i.e. temper, disposition.
Cf. Better in health than condition, and an ill-conditioned fellow.
[A] fair offer [is] no cause of feud. — K.

A false heart never japed* fair lady. Timidi nunquam statuerunt
trophoeum. — (Er.), Tav., f. 43 ro., 1552.
* See Japing in Halliwill.

A false water drinker there liveth not. — He., Dial., II., v.

A false tongue will bring up a false report. — Dr.

A fault is sooner found than mended. — Fulwell, Ars Adnlandi, H. 4.

A feather bed has no fellow*. — Lyly, Alexander Campaspe, &c., v. 3.
* i.e. equal. Spring mattresses were then unknown.

A fellow feeling makes us wondrous kind. — Garrick, Prologue on
Quitting the Stage.
Non ignara mail, miseris succurrere disco. — Virg., /£"?/., i. 630.

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A fidgingf mare should be weel girded. — K.

t i.e. skittish.

A fig for my godson. — C, 1629. Contemptus. — CI.

A findsily bairn gars his daddy be hanged. — K. Lucky at finding

(find scelig) things that were never lost.
A fishing rod has a fool at one end and sometimes a fish at the other.
A filthy tale seldom wanteth filthy auditors. — Cotgr. A cul de

foirard toui siours abonde merde.
A firm has to keep a name, but a company only to earn a dividend.
A fit night to steal away a fair lady; viz., a clean moonshine. — Ho.
Questa notte serena sarebbe a punto como daper chi volesse

involare la moglie di qualcune. — Ho., 2nd Fr., xii.
Col. Oh, 'twas a delicate night to run away with another

man's wife. — S., jP. C, i.

They say a moonshine night is good to run away with another

man's wife, but I am sure a dark night is best to steal

away my father's daughter. — Rowley, Match at Midnight, IV.

A flea-bitten (or roan) horse never tires. — B. Jonson, Bart. Fair,

iv. 3- Cf. Porter, Tzvo Angry Women; H., O.P., vii. 280; i.

A fleer would ay have a follower. — K.

It was a mediaeval saying that, " A fool is never a complete fool

unless he knows Latin." — A''., VIII., viii. 253.
A fool answereth to a question before he be asked. — Dr.
He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and

shame unto him. — Prov., xviii. 13.
A fool of a nurrish makes a wise child. — K.
A fool oft puts his finger in a hole. — Ds., Ep., 199.
A fool will still himself annoy. — Paradise of Dainty Devices, p. log.
Ce que me lie,
C'est ma folie.
A fool is a fool to the end of the chapter.

Male semaine, mal an, mal tousiours,
Fat un jour, fat un an, fat tousiours.

Joubert, Er. Pop., II. (41).
Cf. Prov., xxvii. 22.
A fool is ever laughing. — Breton, Crossing of Prov., i.
A fool is fulsome. — Ho.

Nothing so fulsome as a she fool. — Lily, M. Bomb., ii. 3.
A fool speaketh truth at sometime. Ssepe etiam est olitor valde

opportuna locutus. — Ad., 1622.
The proverb's chapmen, that buy Bartholomew's babies with the
Tower of London. — Richard Whitlock, Zootomia, p. 300. 1654.
For it is oft said of men both yong and old,
A fool will nat give his babyll for any gold.

Bar., Ship of Fools, i. 256.
A fool will not his bable change not for the septer of a King. —
Paradise of Dainty Devices, 24.

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ENGLISH APHORISMS.

A fool in his bable hath pleasure for to toy. — Bar., Eel., iv. ; and see

Fools (post).
A fool will hardly forego his bable for the Tower of London. —

Grange, Golden Aphroditis, 1577, Ep. Ded.
A fool will not give his bable for the Tower of London. — Ferg., Dr.
A fool will not give his bable for the King's Exchequer. — T. Adams,

Works, p. 774. 1629.
The fool will not part with his bable for the King's Exchequer

(pertinacia — CI.). — F. W. ; Davies, Scourge of Folly, Pref., 15.
The fool will not leave his bable for the King's Exchequer.

Unusquisque sauni crepitum melle suaviorem existimate. —

W., 1616 ; Porter, Two Angry Women', H., 0. P., vii. 359.
The fool will not loose his bable for a King's Exchequer. — Manning-
ham, Diary, iii. loi. 1602 [Camd. Soc]
A fooles belle is sone runge. — Ch., Romaunt of the Rose, 5266.
A fool's paradise is a wise man's hell. — Fuller, Holy State, V., xx.
A fool's handsel is lucky. — Ben Jonson, Bart. Fair, ii. i.
A fou man and a hungry horse ay mak haste home. — Ry.
A fou heart is ay kind, i.e. a man in his cups shows impertinent

fondness. — K.
Quhen fuillis are fow then are they faine. — Lyndsay, Three
Estates, 4285.
A foul abuse long abides. — Ho., British Adages, p. 12. Evil dies hard.
A foul foot makes a fou wemb. — Ferg., i. 2. An active, industrious

man can feed well.
A foul word is good enough for a filthy knave. — Greene, Thecves

Falling Out [1592], 1617.
A fox killer would murder his father.
A French song and a fiddle has no fellow^'. — Shak., Henry VUL,

i. 3, 41. * equal.

A friend from the teeth outward (Lingua amicus). — W., 1616;

J, Wilson, Projectors, i., 1665.
A friend is best found in adversity. — Breton, Crossing of Prov., i.
A friend to all is a friend to none (Amico d'ognuno).
Amigo de todos y de ninguno
todo es uno amico di nessuno. — Nunez, 1555.
A friend will help at the time of need. — C, 1629.
A friend will help at a dead Hft. — C, 1636 ; Ad., 1622.
A full seek will take a clout on the side. — Ferg.
A full stomach is a'^windmill. — Dr. i.e. produces flatulence.
A full heart lied never, — Ferg.
A full staumrel* is half a general. — Allan Cunningham, Glossary

to Burns. Is this Goldsmith's *' inspired idiot " ?
* Half-witted blockhead.
A galled horse never wincheth till he be touched. — Melb., Phil., L.
Cf. Shak., Hamlet, iii. 2, 237.

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LEAN'S COLLECTANEA.

A gardener has a big thumb-nail. i.e. manages to carry off a good
deal of his master's property. — Northall, Folk Phrases of Four
Counties.
Cf. An honest miller.
A gaoler's conscience and his fetters made both of one metal. — Ho.

A gaund*- foot 's ay getting [Ry.] though it were but a thorn. — K.

* Going.

A gangand foot 's ay getting an it were but a thorn. — Ferg.

Gangand fote ay getes fode. — Cursor Mundi, 1569 ; MS. Cotton^
Galba, E.E.T.S.
A general favourite is never quite true.

A gentle hound should never play the cur. — Skelton, Garl. of LaureL
A gentle horse would not be over sair spurred. — Ferg.
A gentleman is the devil's imitation of a Christian. — Bp. Temple,

On Good Manners.
A gentleman is one who will rather bear pain than inflict.

A gentleman 's a gentleman that has a clean shirt on, with some
learning. — Histrio-mastix, ii. 1610.

A gift long waited for is sold, not given.

A gift oft sought ;

Nor thanked, nor bought.

Ho., British Adages, p. 23.

Dono molto aspettato,
'e venduto, non donato.

La trop attendu

Semble bien cher vendu. — Meurier, 1588.

Long tarrowing takes all the thank away. — Ferg.
A gift blindeth the eyes of the Avise. — Dent., xvi. 19.
Gifts blind the eye. — T. Adams, p. 662.

A given game was never won. Spoken when one desires us to give
up our game as desperate. — K.

A gloved cat was never a good hunter. — Ferg.

A good " be still " is worth a groat. — He. ; Dr.

The peril of prating out of tune by note,

Telleth us that a good " be still "..is worth a groat.

He., Dial., I., iv.

A good apprentice will be a good master. — CI.

Nemo bene imperat nisi qui paruerit imperio. — CI.

A good bowler and a honest man. See Ho., Parley of Beasts, and
Porter, Two Angry Women ; H., O.P., vii. 282.

An honest man and a good bowler (contemptus). — CI.

Cf. It is a thing I have observed long,

An Archer's mind is clear from doing wrong.

Taylor (W.P.), The Goose.

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ENGLISH APHORISMS.

Costard. A foolish mild man ; an honest man, look you, and
soon dasht. He is a marvellous good neighbour,
faith, and a very good bowler : but, for Alisander, —
alas, you see how 'tis — a little o'er parted. — Shak.,
Love's Labour Lost, v. 2, 575.
A good beginning maketh a good end. — Dr.

Of a thing well begun succeedeth a prosperous end and a happy
conclusion. — E. Hall, Chron., p. 49. 1548.

A good beginning makes a good ending. — CI. ; Ferg.

A good conscience fears no colours. — CI.

A good contriver is better than an early riser. — Havergal, Hereford-
shire Words.

A good cook can make you good meat of a whetstone, as it is said. —

Cogan, H. of Health, p. 149.
A good cook (as Dr. Boord saith, Dyetary, xviii., 1567) is half a

physician. — Cogan, H. of Health, p. 124.
A good cow may have an ill calf. — Ferg.

Some boughs grow crooked from the straightest tree. — Drayton,
Barrons Wars, v. 29.

My trust,
Like a good parent, did beget of him
A falsehood in its contrary as great
As my trust was. — Shak., Temp., i. 2, 93.
A good custom must root out that which an ill hath brought in. — Dr.
A good deed is never lost. — Dr.

Nul bienfaict perdu. — Cordier, 1538.

A good dog never barkt bout a bene^'. — Ferg.

* i.e. a bone.

At Paris, at Rome,

At the Hague, they 're at home :

The good fellow is nowhere a stranger.

Denham, On Mr. Killigreiv's Return from Venice.

A good fellow is a costly name. — K.

A good fellow never lost but at an ill fellow's hand. — K.

A good fellow tint* lost but at an ill fellow's hand. — Ferg.

* never.

A good fire is one half of a man's life, and bed is the other half. —
(Span.) E. C'est demye vie que de feu. — Nunez, 1555.
Le feu est bon en tout temps. — Joubert, Er. Pop., II. (92).
La feu est demie vie da I'homme. — Cotgr., 161 1.
C est demye vie que da feu. — Bovelles, Pvov., i. 141. 1531.
Le lict est une belle chose,
Qui n'y dort on y repose. — Cotgr.
A good fire is the best household stuff. — CI.
Media vida es la candela,
y el vino''' la otra media. — Nunez, 1555.
* or pan y vino.

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A good heart is a good facemaker. — Middleton, Blurt Master Con-
stable, ii. 2.

Love makes men able as their hearts are kind. — Sheffield (Duke of
Buckingham), The Enjoyment.

A good heart 's worth gold. — Shak., 2 Henry IV., ii. 4, 31.

A good heart may do well anywhere, — CI.

A good horse oft needs a good spur (Disciplina). — lb.

A good husband has always something to do. — lb.

A gude ingle maks a roomy fireside. — Ry.

A good King a great jewel. — CI.

There is indeed a common saying that " A good buyer is much rarer
than a good seller," and I believe that the Manchester Ware-
house Keepers give higher salaries to their buyers than to
their sellers . . . because the buyers are the advocates who
have to address the more skilled audience. — Bagehot,
l^Adam Smith,] Economic Studies, ii.

A good song is none the worse for being sung twice. — Christy-
It is a common saying "A good lawyer must be a good lair," for

which reason the Devil and a Trader wear both one colour.

— Ned Ward (" Infallible Predictor "), Works, ii. 349 ; The

World Bewitched, p. 16, 1699.
A good layer up is a good layer out.

A good life is never out of season. — T. Adams, Works, p. 72. 1629.
A good leader is all in all. — CI.
A good man 's never missed till he be gone. — Taylor, Elegy on King

James. Cf. Wise men.
A good name is better than gold. — Bar., Ship of Fools, ii. 181.
A good name or fame is better than gold. — Horm., V., 294.
A good name is sooner tint than won. — Ry. ; Perc, Spanish Grammar^

1599-
A good name, like a maidenhead, once lost is irrecoverable. — Ry.
Bonne renommee vault mieulx, que ceinture dore. — Cordier,
1538.
A good pawn never shames the master. — Ho. ; Glapthorne, Wit in a

Constable, v.
A good pawn never shamed his master. — Brathwait, Whimzies, 1631,

"A Wine Soaker."
No shame to borrow on a good pawn. — K.
A good prentice will be a good master. Nemo bene imperat nisi qui

paruerit imperio. — Ad., 1622.
A good purse makes a man speak boldly. — CI.
A good scholar is ever hberal. Candidse musarum januas. — Ad., 1622.

A good servant will come when you call him, go when you bid him,
and shut the door after him. — Ho., Famr. Latt., p. 211 (1628).

A good servant must come when he is called, do what he is bid, and
shut the door after him. — S., P. C, i.

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ENGLISH APHORISMS.

A good servant should never be in the way (and never*) out of the
way. * nor.

[Charles II. said this of Sidney Godolphin. Is this the origin
of the phrase ? — Ed.]

A good servant should have the back of an ass, the tongue of a
sheep, and the snout of a swine. — L. Wright, Display of Duty,
ii8; Ho., Fam. Lett., I., v. ii.

If that thou wilt thy master please

Thou must have these three properties :

First thou must have an asses ears,

With an hartes feete in all degrees,

An hogges snoute. — Barclay, Castle of Labour, D., 1506.

Muso di porco sepiena d'asion e gamble di cervo vuol avere un
bon servo. — Torr.

A good shepherd must fleece his sheep but not flay them. — Dr.

A good shepherd must take the fleece and not the fell. — W., 1616.
Cf. Kings ought.

Est boni pastoris tondere pecus, non deglubere. — Suetonius, In
Vit. Tibevii., 32, cited by Grange, Golden Aphrod., L. 2, 1577.

It is the part of a good shepherd or pastor to sheare the shepe and
nat to plucke of theyr skyness. — Tav., f. 48.

Ill shepherds shear not but ev'n flay your fold,
To turn the skin to cassakins* of gold.

Sylvester, St, Lewis, 544.
* cassocks.

A good thing is soon snatcht up. — R., 1670, tr.

A good voice is never without an excuse. — Wilson, Cheats, ii. 4.
See All good singers.

A good word doth cool more than a caldron of water. — Dr.

A good workman a bad husband. There dwelt a bricklayer a good
workman (but a good husband), etc. — Taylor (W. P.),
Travels, 1639; Misc., i, 30.

A good turn quickly done is tvnce done. — Wood, Lett, of Royal and
Illust. Ladies, ii., 149.

A good year will not make him, and an ill year will not break him.
i.e. a slothful vagabond who lives from hand to mouth. — K.

See then that it be so that thou play not the block under all mercies
so that neither a good day should mend nor a bad pair thee.
— D. Rogers, Matrimonial Honour, 221. 1642.

A good wife, by obeying, commands in her turn. — (Spanish) E.

A good workman need never want work. — Roxburgh Ballads, iii. 321.

Artem quaevis terra alit. — Becon, i. 523.

A good yeoman makes a good woman. — Ferg.

A goodly thing for a man to see,

When people point and say " the same is he." — W., 1616.

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A goose gaggles, and a hen cackles, and wilt thou gain thy game
with tatHng ?— Melb., Phil, Y. 2.
(But a woman gains the game from them both in tatles. —
P. Rob. Prog., 1684.)
A goose is a foolish bird, dinner enough for one, but not for two.
Too much for one and not exough for two, like the Walsall man's
goose. — Poole, Arch, and Prov. Wds. of Staffordshire, 1880, p. 25.

The foolishest bird that ever flew,

Too much for one, and not enough for two.

A grandam's name is little less in love

Than is the doting title of a mother. — Shak., Richard III., iv. 4, 299.

A great shoe (will not fit a Httle foot. — Dr.) fits not a Httle foot.

Induitis me leonis exuvium. — CI.
A great book is a great evil.
A great ruser was never a good rider. — K.
A good ruser was never a good rider. — Ferg.
A greedy 'ee never gat a guid pennyworth. — Ry.
A greedy 'ee never had a full weme. — K.
A greedy man God hates. — Ferg.
A green turf's a guid guidmither. — Ry. i.e. when she is underneath

it — a gud moder being a stepmother.
A green wound is half game. i.e. the suffering has not begun. — K.
A ground sweat cures all disorders, i.e. in the grave all complaints
cease from troubling. — Forby, East Anglia.

And therefore this proverbe is seyd ful sooth,
" Him thar not wene wel that yvel doth,
A gylour shal himself bigyled be."

Chau., Reve's T., 4319.
For often he that wol begile,
Is giled with the same gile ;

And thus the guiler is beguiled. — Gower, Conf. Am., vi.
Qui simulat verbis nee corde est fidus amicus
Tu quoque fac similis, sic ars deluditur arte.

Cato, Disticha., i. 26.
Cf. Wilie beguilid.
A grey soldier.

Ferd. Look you, Paulina, we have not lost all ; though the
birds be floAvn there are some thousands of pistols
yet and jewels to a sum large enough, I vcarrant
you, to maintain a soldier's life which in honour must
not be long for fear of the Proverb, A grey soldier.
— Killig., Thorn., IL, v.

A hard beginning hath a good end. — CI.

Good beginning hath a good end. — Fielding, Amelia, ix. 5. A
saying of an ancient philosopher which some of our
writers have ascribed to Queen Elizabeth. — Addison,
• Spectator, 11/2/1.

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ENGLISH APHORISMS.

A handsome face is a letter of recommendation.

Aristotle affirmed that beauty is more worth than all the letters
of commendation. — Grange, Golden Aphroditis, F.
A handsome woman makes a good witness. Because she disarms
the opposing Counsel.
Isabel, Queen of Spain, wonted to say that ever)'' one's good
gesture is a good letter in his commendation. — Copley,
Wits, Fittes, and Fancies, p. 4. 16 14.
An honest, ingenuous look is a good letter of recommendation, of its

self. — Ho., Fam. Lett., II., xxxv. (1646.)
A hantle cries "Murder!" and are ay uppermost. — Ry. i.e. the

wolf accuses the lamb.
An hasty birth bringeth forth blind whelps. — Bp. Hackett.

There is a ripe season for everything, and if you slip that or
anticipate it, you dim the grace of the matter, be it never
so good. As we say by way of proverb that " An hasty birth
brings forth blind whelps," so a good tale tumbled out
before the time is ripe for it, is ungrateful to the hearer. —
Bp. Hackett.
A hasty meeting, a hasty parting. — K., Wily Beguiled; and see K.
A heavy pouch with gold makes a light heart. — Edwardes, Damon
and Pithias; H., O.P., iv. 77.

Whan purse is hevy ofte time the heart is light. — Bar., Eel., iv.

A heavy purse makes a Hght heart. — R., 1670.

A head full of hair, a kirkle full of hips, and a briest full of papes,
are three sure marks of a daw. — K.

A hen that lays without has need of a white nest egg. — K. i.e. a gay
bachelor should take a pretty wife to keep him at home.

A horn spoon holds no poison. — K. i.e. poor folks are safe.

A horse amongst a hundred, and a man amongst a thousand. — Dr.
One in a thousand he is. See Animal Life.

A house divided against itself cannot stand. If a house be divided
against itself that house cannot stand. — Mark, iii. 25.

A house in an haistrie (confusion, slovenly), makes downright
waistrie. — Cunningham, Bums Glossary.

A house- going parson makes a church-going people. — Ch.

A houndless hunter and a gunless gunner see ay game enough. — K.

A houndless hunter and a gunless gunner see routh 'o game. — Ry.

A houndless man comes to the best hunting. — Ferg.

A house, a wife, and a fire to put her in. — S., P. C.

Never look for a wife, till you have a house, and a fire to put

her in. — K. The joke lies in putting the comma after

house instead of after fire.

A hungry louse bites sair. — Ferg. Cf. An empty.
A hunter eats not the game he has killed.

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LEAN'S COLLECTANEA.

Sportsman. And what if they find me like to some who are
eager after hunting and other field sports . . .
who after their pains and fatigue never eat what
they take and catch in either, for such I have
known. — Evelyn, Acetaria, p. 126. 1699.
More than to win or get the game

To beare away ;
He is not greedie of the same :
Thus hunters saie.

C. Robinson, Handful of Pleasant Delites,
1584, rep., p. 29.
A hunter (to be called such) must have caught a seal, stalked a

deer, and winged an eagle. (Scotch.)
Desieuner de clercs, disner d'advocats, jouter de commeres, souper de
marchans, et resveillon de nourrices.— Joubert, Er. Pop., II.,
iv. 229.

An hunter's breakfast chiefest is,

A lawyer's dinner best.
Monks' drinkings, merchants' suppers fine
Surmount and pass the rest.*

Tim Kendal, Trifles, p. 22, 1577.
* An olde saying.



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