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—John Stuart MUl (" Principles of PoliUcal
Economy," 1848, Book 2, chap. 6, sec. 6),
referring to peasant-farming in Flanders,
wrote : ** When the land is cultivated entirely
by the spade, and no horses ai*e kept, a cow
is kept for every three acres of land."

D. Defoe (166S-1781) :— "Tour through the
whole Islands of Great Britain " (published
posthumously?)— suggested a provisiun of
three acres of ground for every man in a
settlement, and a certain quantity of common-
land where they should have a few sheep and

" Ten acres and a mxi^e.'*— American phram
indicating the expectatione of emancipated
slaves (1862).

The unspeakable Turk.
ExpreMtioH used by CarlyJe, Ariiele on
j)a» Niebelungen Lied, 1831,

All i>olitical parties die at last of swallow-
ing their own lies.

AttribtUed to John Arhuthnot^ M.D.
{1675-17SS), in " Life of Emeteonr
p. 165,
Tlie classes and the masses.
A phrase used by Mr, Gladstone.

"This new rage for rhyming badly.
Which late hath seized all ranks and classes,
Down to that new estate ' the masses.' "
" The Fudges in England," (1835> Letttr 4.
r. Moore.

The Duty of an Opposition is to oppose.
Quoted by Lord Jiandolph Churchill.
When I first came into Parliament. Mr.
Tiemey. a great Whig authority, used always
to say that the duty of an Opposition was
very simple— it was to oppose everything and
propose nothing. — Lord Stanley: Hansard's
Parliamtntary Debates, June 4, 1841.

Are we downhearted P No !

This expression, which came into vogue
in England towards the close of the General
Election of Jan., 1006, seems to have originated
in a speech by Mr. Joseph Cbsmberlain at
Smethwick, Jan. 16, 1006, in which he said :
"We are not downhearted, but we cannot
understand what Is happening to our neigh-

Terminological inexactitude.

*'It [Chinese Labour in South Africa]
could not, in the opinion of His MiO^sty's
Government, be classified as slavery in the
extreme acceptance of the word without some
rink of terminological inexactitude."— Afr.
Winston ChurchiU in the BrUish House of Cow^
mom, Feb. 22, 1906. (" Times " report,)


Corporations have no souls.

Lord Chancellor Thurlow said that t>d
corporations have neither bodies to be pnv
ished nor sonls to be damned ; they therefore
do as they like.— Poynd«r's ' ^Literary Extraete.'*

"They [corporations] feel neither shame,
remorse, gratitude, nor goodwill." — Haslitt:
" Table Talks,'* Essay 27.

The glorious uncertainty of the law.
Aueged to have originated in a toast at a
legal dinner, 1756,

The law of England is the gp-eatest
grievance of the nation, very expensiye and

Bishop BurneVs ^^ History of his oum
Tifnes'' {1724).

When he [a judge] put on his robes, he
put off his relation to any ; and like Jiiel-
dusedech, becomes without pedigree.

Fuller's " Holy State " {164S).
As guardian of His Majesty's conscience.
.^>rd Chancellor Thurlow's speech in his
defence in the Bouse of Lords, c, 1780
{'* Butler's Beminiscences*' p. 199).
Eight points of the law.

1. A good cause ; 2. A good purse : 8. An
honest and skilful attorney ; 4. Goo<l evi-
dence ; 6. Able counsel ; 6. An upright Judge ;
7. An intelligent Jurv ; 8. Good fuck.
Old saying, attributed to Mr. Selwyn, a
former candidate for the Chamberlainey
of the City of London,


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No one could be so wise as Thnrlow looked.

Attributed bu Lord Campbell to Fox. — See

" Liree of the lord Chancellore'' Vol.


A Billy old man who did not understand

even his silly old trade.

AttribtOed to Lord Weatbury in reference
to a ufitnesifrom Heraidr College,

Also attributed to Lord Chesterfield, and
quoted by Burke {9U p. 41). O. B. Shaw
gives it as a sayiug by Whately.

Here you are, an able-bodied man, re-
spectably brought up, instead of which yon
go about the country stealing ducks.

Said to have been addreued to a prisoner
by an Indian Judge,
The man of law
Who never saw
The way to buy or sell,

Who seeks to rise

By merchandise,

God never speeds him welL

In Warton's •* History of English Poetry, •*
Sec. 48, the lines (which are attributed to
Sir Thomas More) appear :—
A man of law that never saw
The wayes to buy and sell,
Wenyng to rise by merchandize,
I pray God speed him well.
Lines to similar effect are attributed to Sir
John Fortescue, Chief Justice (1422-1476).

For lawyers and their pleading,

They ^steem it not a straw ;
They ihink that honest meaning
Is of itself a law.

** The HerdmanU Sappy LifeJ*

Prom " Sonets and Pastorales " included in

*• Psalmes Sonets and Songs of Sadnes and

Pietie, made into mnsicke of five partes." by

W. Byrd, 15S8.


Here's to thee and me and aw' on us !
Maj we ne'er want nought, none of us I
Neither thee nor me nor anybody else,
Aw on us — ^nawn on us.

Old Toast,
Gk)d speed the Plow and bless the Ck>m-

Title of a Blackletter rhymed Dialogue.
16th century,

Horn, com, wool, and yam.
Agricultural Toast formerly proposed at
farming and other dinners in North
Here's a health to all those that we love.
Here's a health to all those that love us.
Here's a health to all those that love them

that love those
That love them that love those that love us.

Old Toast,
Merry met, and merry part^
1 dzink to thee with all my heart.

Old Cup Inscription^

Here's a health unto his majesty.

With fa, la, U;
Gonyersion to his enemies.

With fa, la, U.
And he that will not pledge his health,
I wish him neither wit nor wealth/
Nor yet a rope to hang himself,

With a fa, hi, U, etc.
From " Catch that Catch Can; or, Th§
Musical Companion,** 1667,

Honest men and bonnie lasses.

A Toast formerly common in Scotland,

Hounds stout, horses healthy.
Earths well stopped, and foxes plenty.

The Old Oxford Toast,

Here's a health to the barley-mow ;

Here's a health to Uie man

Who very well can
Both harrow and pk>ugh and sow.

Custom-rhytne {Sufblk).—/. E, Dixon* s



Weather Proverbs are included under the general heading of Proverbs, but will b«
found indexed, in the General Index, under the heading " Weather Proverbs."

The red is wise.

The brown trusty ;

Hie pale peevisli.

The bhick lasty.

V, To a red man rede thy rede.
With a red man read thv rede :
With a brown man break thy bread ;

At a pale man draw thy knife ;
From a black man keep thy wife.

— itoy** Provtrbial Shynm.
8e ruomini piccoll Aissero patient!,
B I'uomini grand! fussero valenti,
B li rossi leali,
Tatto 11 mondo sarebbe uguale.

^Italian Proverb.


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(If little men were patient and great men

valiant, and red men loyal, all iht world

would be equal.)

Ne chese thu never to ffere

Littele mon, ne long, ne red,

Yif thu wld don after mi red.

^Proverbs qfAlfirtd, I, 679.»
(Ohoose not ever as a companion a little man,
nor a long, nor a rW, If you will do after my

Pair and foolish, little and loud,
Long and lazy, block and proud.
Fat and merry, lean and sad,
Fale and pettuli, red and bad.

The lonke mon is lethe bei ;

Belde comid his herte rei ;

He havit stoni herte.

^Provrrhi of Alfred.*

(The lanky man is lazy ; seldom is his heart

stirred ; he has a stony heart)

Blue is true,
Yellow's jealous,
Careen's forsaken,
Red's brazen,
White is love,
And black is death !

Colour Superstitions, Linet obtainsd
from the East of England, — HalliweWi
** Popular Rhymes^'

The rose is red, the violet's blue,
Pinks are sweet, and so are you.

A rhyme for St, Valentine^ Day.-^

The rose is red, the violet's blue,

The gilly-fiower sweet, and so are you.

Saia to be an Eaetet'day rhyme in
Oxfordshire, —Halliwell,

To break a pasture will make a man ,
To make a pasture will break a man.

Old Suffolk eaying.
The rainbow in the morning
Is the shepherd's warning

To carry his coat on his back.
The rainblow at nieht
Is the shepherd's delight.
For then no coat wm he lack.
See Proverbe: ** The rainbow in the

When the wind is in the east.

Then the fishes do bite the least ;

When the wind is in the west.

Then the fishes bite the best ;

When the wind is in the north,

Then the fishes do come f or^ ;

When the wind is in the south,

It blows the bait in the fish's mouth.

/. 0, HalliwelVe '* Popular Bhymet,**
Stated to be obtained from Oxfordehire,
but to be found in a variety ofvertione
throughout Great Britain,

* Reputed to date from Saxon times. The two
extracts on this page are ftom a 18th Century MS.,
formerly at Trinity College, Cambridge.

March winds aAd April showers

Bring forth May flowers.

^ . , Yorkshire saying,

Friday's moon.

Come when it will, it comes too soon.

Prevalent in the North of England, —

Friday's moon,

Once m seven year oomes too soon.


Saturday's new, and Sunday's full,
Was never fine and never wool.

When the cuckoo comes to the bare thorn.

Sell your cow and buy your com :

But when she oomes to the full bit,

Sell your com and buy your sheep. Ih,

The robin red- breast and the wren
Are Ood Almighty's cock and hen.

Common throughout England. The wren
was anciently called " Our Lady's
Hen,'* See Cotgrave in v, "Perchot,**
Bamaby bright, Bamaby bright,
The longest day and the shortest night;
Lucy lignt, Lucy light.
The shortest day and the longest night.

Referring to St. PamabaP Bay, June 11,
before the change of style, the summer
solstice; and St, Lucy's Day, Dec, 13,
the winter solstice, O.S,

One's unlucky, two's lucky ;
Three's health, four's wealth ;
Five is sickness, and six is death.

Phyme as to birds {generally magpies or

If the cock moult before the hen.
We shall have weather thick and thin ;
But if the hen moult before the cock,
We shall have weather hard as a block.

North of England,
When Easter falls in our Lady's lap.
Then let England beware a rap.

See Aubrey's Miscellanies {1696),
Friday night's dream, on the Saturday told,
Is sure to oome true, be it never so old.

East and West England,
Sow in the sop,
'Twill be heavy a-top. lb.

Bom of a Monday, fair in face.
Bom of a Tuesday, full of God's grace,
Bom of a Wednesday, merry and glad.
Bom of a Thursday, sour and sad.
Bom of a Friday, Oodly given.
Bom of a Saturoay, work for your living,
Bom of a Sunday, ne'er shall we want.
So there ends the week, and there's an
end on't. Brand's Popular Antiquities,

Monday's child is fair in face,
Tuesday's child is full of grace,
Wednesday's child is full of woe,
Thursday's child has far to go,


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Friday's child is loying and givingt
Sattiiday'B child works hard for its living ;
And a child that's bom on Christmas Day,
Is fair and wise, and good and gay.

From EalliiceWt ** Fopular Rhyme* and
Nurtery Tale*,''

Cut them on Monday, cut them for health ;
Cut them on Tuesday, cut them for wealth ;
Cut them on Weiuiesday, cut them for

Cut them on Tliursday, a pair of new

Cut them on Friday, cut them for sorrow ;
Cut them on Sattu^y, see your true love

to-morrow ;
Cut them on Sunday, your safety seek.
The devil will have you the rest of the week.
Lin4» on Cutting Finger 'naili,^Tr a-

Friday's hair and Sunday's horn,
Goes to the P'ole on Monday mom.

^Bajft Froverbiai Rhynui,

Lancashire law ;
No stakes, no draw.

This eayinq implies that a waaerdoes not

hold gooa unless stakes are deposited,
Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John,
Bless the bed that I lay on ;
Four comers to my bed.
Four angels round my head.
One at head and one at feet.
And two to keep my soul asleep.

/. 0, Halliweli states that the first two

lines were used in the time of Queen

Mary, according to Ady^ ** Candle in

the bark,'' Jm,
Walk fast in snow,
In frost walk slow.
And still as you go,
Tread on your toe.

When frost and snow are both together,
Sit by the fire and spare shoe-leatner.

QuoUd by Swift as **a good Devonshire



Gk) to Putney on a pig.
£arly 19th century. {? Music-hall song,)

Sing old Joe, and blow the bellows.

e. 18t0, (/ Music-haU song,)

How are you off for soap P e. 1830,

Qo to Bath and get your head shaved.

e, 1830 f
Ducky, what's your game ? e, 1830,

Who stole the donkey P The man in the
white hat.

A joke on the material supposed to be
used for making white hats, at the time
when " Orator Hunt " and other lead-
ing Radicals wore them as badges of
party, ^ WtUter Thombury, in " Notes
and Queries,'* June 8, 1872,

Is your rhubarb up ? e, 1835,

Jump Jim Crow. 1839,

Jim along Josey. 1839,

Has your mother sold her mangle P 1841*

That's the ticket for soup.
Frobably about the time of the starting
of the Mendicity Society. — W. Thom-

Who's your hatter P e, 1830,

What, the same old hat? A later form.

All round my hat.

e, 1830, Line of a song.
What a shocking bad hat ! e, 1836.


Gh) it, ye cripples. e. 1836,,

Does your mother know you're out ?
Occurs in a poem in ** The Mirror,"
April t8, 1838, See *' NoUs and
Queries," 8th Ser„ V. 8, p. 6.

How's your mother P

Quoted in " Funeh," 1841.
All serene. c. 1850.

Flare up, and join the Union. e. 1838 f

Twopence more, and up goes the donkey !

You don't lodge here, Mr. Fergusson.

Xinefrom a farce, c, 1840,

Hooky Walker. c, 1840,

There you go with your eye out !
c, 1840. Perhaps a joke on eye-glustes,
— W. Thombury,
Bravo, Bouse ! Date before 1850.

Do you see any green in my eye P e. I84O.

Who shot the duck P

e, 1859, At the time of the volunteer or
" rifimen's " movement.
Keep your hair on. e, 1860 f

Get inside and pull the blinds down.
e, 1850. Cockney remark to cockney
Not in these boots 1 I>ate uncertain,

I would I were with Nancy.

Music-hall song, e, 1850,


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Not for Joe. Mime-hall tong.




How's your poor feet F


For we mre 80 awfully cleyer !

Muiie-hall soHff.


Run him ixL


Not for this chad.


Not to-day, baker.

Mtme-haU ttmg. e. 1SG5.
Just like Roger.
In reference to the Tiehhome trtal, Wt,

Get your hair cat !


Where did you get that hat f

Song. €. 1886 f
Wo, Emma ! Mind the i>aint !

Song. €. 1890.
>E duimo where 'e are !
Coster song, A. Chevalier.

Mind the step !

What ho! ihebumpe. Seng,

Now we sha'n't be long.

Let 'em all come. Musie-hall eong, 1898.

Pip, pip I 1898.

There's hair I 2900.

€, 1890 f





There is no doubt in this book. Chap. 1.

Tlieir wnfulnetw is greater than their use.
[Wine and gambling. J Chap. t.

Let there be no violence in religion. lb.

There is no god but Gk)d. Chap. 3.

Ood is the best deviser of stratagems. lb.

Whosoever fighteth for the religion of
Gk>d, whether he be slain or be victorious,
we will surely give him a great reward.

Chap. 4.

Qod is the best layer of plots. Chap. 8,

God is with those who persevere. lb.

God loveth the dean. Chap. 9,

The ungrateful shall not prosper.

Chap. It.
Eveiy age hath its book. Chap. 13.

He shall not prosper who deviseth lies.

Chap. to.
Man is created of hastiness. Chap, tl.
Inquire not too curiously.* Chap. 4/9.

• Set Shakespears (p. 818, notaX


Steal not this book, for fear of shame,

For in it is the owner's name ;

And when you're dead, the Lord will

«* Where is that book you stole away P "

There are many variants of this Inscription.
The last two lines sometimes read :—
And if I catch yon by the tail,
You most prepare for Newgate JaiL

Bometimes there are two additional lines ^—
And if yon say yon do not know,
Down to the llames you'll have to go.

Small is the wren.

Black is the rooJE ;
Blacker the sinner

That steals this book. Traditumal rhyme.

This boke is one thing,
The halter ii another ;

He that stealeth the one
Must be sure of the other.
Found in a copy of Aristotle, dated 1678,

He who doth this book borrowe,

And doth not bring it back,
Certes shall he have sorrowe.

And comf orte he shall lack.

Hvbablg modem.
If you this predous volume bone,
Jack Ketch will daim you as his own.

Steal not this book, mine honest friend,
For fear the gallows be thine end. lb.

Hie liber ad me pertinet,
Si quis furetur,
Per oollum sospendetur,
In hoc modo.
[A sketch of a gibbft fiUotPsJ]


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Quoting from the €hreeh-^lwa/y$ a denrabie thing to do when in difficulty.

Aua. BiBRBLL : Obiter DietOf ** JBdmtnd Burke.**
Pr.»sPtoYerbial phxases and ezpieisioiiB.

'A S*&^eT& fiaiv§i 9ik fjMx9co¥, But yirtae
proceeds through toils.

Burlpldss. S&raelida, 6t5,

"A ol ^tXoc roh fiaatXtwruf oh Oct^povtri
wapatPtiy, h rots $i$\loix yiypawrai.
The things which their friends have not
the courage to recommend to kings are
found written in books. Plutarch.

*Aya0ii V Ifpis IjBt fiporoTtruf. Rivalry is
good for mortals.

Hssiod. Works and Daiyt, £4,

*AyaBo\ 8* iptSdKpvMs Ibf9p9s, Men given
to tears are good.* Pr.

"Ayfi 9k wphs ^s T^v i\fi0€iw xp^"®*.
Hme brings the truth to lighL Pr.

' Ay fvfijrprrros /ii}8els tlffirm. Let no
one who is not a ^peometer enter.

Inteription soul to have been placed on
Flato*M door,

"Ayymoros ee^f. The unknown God.
Acts 17, 9$,

*AypotKOv fiii KaTa/pp6vu p-ffropos. De-
spise not a rustic orator. Pr.

*Ayiow vp6^€uriy oIk liriB4xtTcu ofkt
^lA/o. Stnle and friendship allow of no
excuse. Pr.

'AS^voTov ToXA^ rtxy^M-^yoy AyBpenny
rdrra Ka\»s Toiely. It is impossible for a
man who attempts many things to do
them all well. Xenophon.

'Ae2 KoXoiht vapii KoKonf l(dvti. A jack-
daw is ever found near to a jackdaw. Pr.

'Ad ^tpti Ti Aifi^ K(uc6y (or KcuySy).

libya always brines something evil (or

new). {See the Latm " Ex Africa," etc.)

ArUtoUe. if. -rf., 8, t8, 11, Paroemiogr,

*Arrhy tvToaBtu iiSdoKtis. You are
teaching an eagle to fly. Pr.

'AcToS yrfpas, KopvBov vc<Pn7r. The old
atre of an eagle is as good as the youth
of a sparrow. Pr.

* pother form U : 'AptiUKfiuft 4Wp«t c<r9Ao<. •

'ABaofdrovs iihv irpSna Btohs yofup &s
9idK9irtu TifM. Honour first the immortal
gods as by law enjoined. Pythagoras.

Al 9h ffdpKts al tewai ^pevmv
Ayd^fiar* iyopas mUtIp,
Bodies devoid of mind are as statues in
the market place. Euripides. Eleetra,S86.

1 AT T« yhp ffVfiAopai voiovffi uutpoKiyovs,
— Calamities make great talkers. Appian.

AiZias t\m\tv^ Modesty has died out.


AlZiis ohK dyoH' False shame; mauvaise

honts ; pudor malus, Hesiod.

AlBits rov icoXoD icol dperris v6\i5.
Upwroy dyaJOby dye^Mpnioia, Z^irepoy hh

]^Iode«ty is the citadel of beauty and of
virtue ; the first of virtues is guilelessness,
the second the sense of shame. Demades.
Aid S* iLfifio\i€pyhs Mip drrioi ToAofct.
The procrastinating man is ever struggling
with ruin. Hesiod. JForkt and Daj/8, 4II,

Alky dpiare^tiy ical uvelpoxoy ffifityat
Awwy. Always to excel and to be su-
perior to others. Homer. Iliad, 6, 208,

Alpovyrtf ^pi^fitOcu We who went to
catch are caught ourselves. (Or, Alpwy
aipovfiai, 1, the capturer, am caught.)

*AK4<pa\of fivdos, A story without a
head (or beginning). Plato. Fhadr,, 264,

'Afc/nrra irtvetr. You stir what should
not be stirred. Herodotus. 6, IS4, (Pr.)

**AKovt rov rieeapa &ra ifx*"^®** Listen
to him who has four ears ; i,e. to one who
is a good listener himself. Zenodotus.

*AKphy \d$t, Koi fi4<roy l{cif. Seize
what is highest, and you will possess
what is in between. Pr.

'AAX* ioriy, Ma x^ ^^i^ fiKd$Tiy 4>4p€i.
But there are occasions when it happens
that justice produces mischiel Bophooles.


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*AAA* ^ TtByriKty ^ Bi^dffKU ypJififiara.
iSw *H T49yriK(Vy jc.t.X.
'AAA* oi ykp iiOvfiovyrts &y8pcT oftrOTf
Tp6iraio¥ i<n"t\fTatno,

But faint-hearted men never erected a
trophy. Eapolis.

*AA\* ZyMS Kpiiffffov rS»v olicrtpfivp
tpB6vos. But envy is better worth having
than compassion. Anon.

*AAA* oh Zeuj &vBp€(r<ri yoltfiara vdyra
T€A€VT^. But Zeus does not ratify all the
designs of men. Homer. Iliads 18^ St8,

'AAXi jc^pSfi iral iro<pia SiBerai, For

wisdom even surrenders to desire of gain.

Pindar. Fyth., 5, 64.

^'AAAot KdfjLoyf &XAo( &vavro. Some toil,
some reap. Pr.

"AAAof ly<&. Another sell {Alter
ego, q.v,) Zeno.

"AXXwv iarpos ainhs JXfcecri fipwav.
The physician of others, he himself
abounds in ulcers. Enrl^idn, Frag, ^ 1071.

"AXfiri oifK tv€<mv ahr^. There is no salt
in him. Pr.

*Afi<f>o7v <f>t\o7v itrroiv, Z<riov Tportfiav
r^v h.\-i\9uav. Though both [Plato and
truth] are dear to me, it is my duty to
prefer truth. Aristotle. Eth. iV., i, 5, L

*Afiip&rfpoi K\&ires, icoi 6 St^dfityos^ Koi
i kX^^oS' Both are thieves, the receiver
as well as the stealer. PhocUldes.

*AydyK(!. youSc $(ol fidxovrai. The gods
do not fight against necessity.

Blmonides. 5, tO.

*Aya<paiptToy Kryjfi* iarl waiBeia fiporoTs.
Education is a possession which cannot
be taken away from men.

*Ay^Xov <roi i.v4xov. Bear and forbear.
Eplctetui. (SeeAulut OelliuSyBook 17, 19,6.)

*AyBpwy itriipayuy Ttiffa yrj rdpos. The
whole earth is a sepulchre for famous
men. Thacydldes. f , 4S,

"Av^pcoy rip<&c0y r^Kva irfifiara. The child-
ren of heroes are causes of trouble. Pr.

*Ay^p 6 <l>(vycoy koI irdXiy fiax'ho'trai*
The man who flies shall fight again. (Ex-
pression attributed to Demosthenes on his
flighkes no
excuse. Enrl^idtM, Baecha, lOOi (adapted) .

•* JSm Latin : " Mihi qiiidem " etc ^

Bayuy $poToi(ri rnifidr^y kxaXXayi. To
die, is to mortals, deliverance from

Aschylns. From. Vinctus^ 764 {adapted)

ec^j in fifixayrjs. A God from the.
mechanism ; i.e. divine help from some
contrivance unseen or unexpected. (Sup-
posed to refer to the way in which gods
appeared suddenly on the stage by the
help of mechanism.)

Menander. ^heoph.j 6; also in Luclan.f

Bfhs ri ivolScta. Impudence is a goddess.


eve reus x<^pt<^t> Sacrifice to the Graces.
Diogenes LaerUos. Book 4, 6.X

*larp\y Btpdwfvtroy <r€avr6y. Physician,
heal thyself. BL Luke, I, 23.

'larptToy ^vx^f. The medicine chest of
the soul. Inscription on a Library.

"iJ/ier ^c^dea roWii \4ytty Mfioiaiy SfioTct,
"iSfity 8*, eJr* idt\»fify, iiXriB^a fiv0iia-aar$cu.
We know how to speak many things
which are false as if they were true, and
we know, when we choose, how to wrap
up truth in fable. Hesiod. Theog., 28.

*Uphy ^ avfxfiovK'fi iariy. Counsel is a
dinne thing.

'lAi&s KOK&y. An Iliad of woes.

Ft. {Found in Demosthenes, 337, IS;
IHodorus Siculus, etc.)

*'linry ytipdoKoyri rh fiiioya k^kK*
ixl$a\\t. Put lessor tasks on the aged

'IffTOpia tpiXoffOipitk iorly 4ic irapa-
Zuyixdrvy. History is philosophy derived
from examples. Pr.

•iX^J 4k r-gs K€tf>aKps 6(€iy ipx^rai.
Fish begins to stink from the head. Pr.

KaZfi€ia yticn. A Oadmean victory
(wherein the conquerors suffer as much
as the conquered). §

Proverbial expression found
in Herodotus /, 166.

Kal 7^p fcal fitKiros rh wKtoy 4a^l xo^4-
For even honey in excess becomes gaU.

Kal TTOfxhs m-^xv <PBoy4ti, iral iunShs
hiihtfi. And a beggar envies a beggar, and
a poet a poet. Hesiod. TTorks and Dayt, £6.

Kal TOVTO Toi r ivSptToy, if TpofoiBict.
And this, too, is a manly qusJity, namely,
foresight {i.e. caution is true valour).

Euripides. Suppl. 610.

t See Latin, " Deu8 ex nmchina."
1 See under Miscellaueoiia (p. 461X
I See " Pyrrhic victory," p. 455


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Kaifi^y yy&$i. Know your opportunity.

Kcup^ Aorpcvf ly, fitid* i^mtTrviup iuKfioia-i,
To KO with the times and not to blow
against the winds. Pr.

Kojc^ ic^pSra ta^ ixtifft. Evil gains are
as ruin. ^ Heslod. Works and Days,

KaKo7s byuXwVj ic* axnhs ixfi^irp kokos.
Associating with the l)ad, you yourself
will become bad. Manandar.

VLakhv iivaeyKtuov, A necessary evil.

KoKov ic6paKos fccuthp &6¥. From a bad
crow a bad egg.

KoKciy yiip 9v(rJi\orros obB^s. For there
is no one whom ills cannot reach.

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