Paroimiographia Proverbs, or, Old sayed savves & adages in English (or the Saxon toung), Italian, French, and Spanish, whereunto the British for their great antiquity and weight are added ...
Howell, James, 1594?-1666.
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THe Grace of God is worth a Fair.

The Parish-Priest forgot that he was ever a Clark; This is meant of proud starters up.

'Tis wit to pick a lock, and steal a horse, but 'tis wise∣dom to let him alone.

The Kings cheese goes half away in parings; viz. among so many Officers.

Happy is he who knows his follies in his youth.

Speak the Truth and shame the Devil.

He who could know what would be dear,
Need be a Merchant but once in a year.

Three ills come from the North, a cold Wind, a shrinking Cloth, and a dissembling man.

God send a curst cow short horns.

He hath brought a Mill-post to a pudding-prick; This is meant of a great unthrift.

Keep your breath to cool your pottage; Spoken to a busie pratler.

To steal a Goose, and give the giblets in almes.

Who waits for dead mens shooes may go a good while bare-foot.

Love thy neighbour, yet pull not down thy hedge.

VVho tells a ly to save his credit, wipes his nose on his sleeve to save his napkin.

The first Chapter of fools is, to hold themselves wise.

Drink in the morning staring,
Then all the day be sparing.

Some are wise, and some are otherwise.

To loose a sheep for sparing a halperth of tarr.

A thousand pounds, and a bottle of hay, is all one thing at dooms-day.

Play, women, and wine, undo men laughing.

An humble-Bee in a Cow-turd thinks himself a king.

A man will rather hurt his body, then displease his pallate.

Lend thy horse for a long journey, thou mayst have him return with his skinn.

Ther's no fool to the old fool.

So we get the clink, we will bear with the stink.

He gave his wife a Recumbentibus; viz. He swad∣led her soundly.

He who payeth last, payeth but once.

The dogg who hunts foulest, hitts at most faults.

Here will he a good fire anone, said the Fox when he pist on the Ice.

A Nurse spoil's a huswife; viz. Because she is more daintily fed, and more idle all the while.

'Tis good sometimes to hold a candle to the De∣vill.

A dogg in a dublett, bitch in a baskett.

An Ape's an Ape, A Varlett's a Varlett,
Though they be cladd in silk, or scarlett.

A man, is a man, if he have but a hose on his head.

Give a thief rope enough and he will hang himself.

One hand in the purse, and two in the dish.

It may serve with an Onion; Spoken ironically.

Madam Parnell, crack the Nutt, and eat the ker∣nell.

He strutteth like a Crow in a gutter.

Page  2The fairer the Hostesse, the fouler the reckon∣ing.

After meat comes mustard.

Hungry doggs love dirty puddings.

After rain comes fair weather.

Fancy may bolt bran, and think it floure.

He is, pattring, the Devils Pater-Noster; viz he grum∣bles or mutters.

One pair of heels sometimes is worth two pair of hands.

Here is talk of the Turk, and the Pope, but it is my next neighbour doth me the hurt.

The Frier preacht against stealing, when he had a pudding in his sleeve.

Sorrow is good for nothing but for sin.

Who Bulls the Cow, must keep the Calf; A Law-Proverb.

The man of God is better for having his bows and arrows about him.

Old Mares lust after new cruppers.

One of the four and twenty qualities of a knave, is to stay long at his arrand.

Three may keep Counsel if two be away.

To throw the helve after the hatchet; To be in de∣spair.

Who goeth worse shodd then the shooe-makers wife?

The Toung breaketh bone, though it selfe have none.

You are never well full or fasting.

Half an acre is good land.

The gray mare is the better horse; viz. When a wife wears the breeches.

He is well seen in horse-flesh, for he hath lain with a Pasons wife.

Pride feels no cold.

As the Catt licks mustard.

Goe to Law with a beggar, thou shalt gett a lowse.

He hath sneezed thrice, turn him out of the Ho∣spital.

Wishers and woulders, were never good House∣holders.

Make hay while the Sun shines; viz. Let not slipp your opportunity.

Iacke would be a Gentleman, could he speake French.

Put a stool in the Sun, when one knave riseth ano∣ther comes; viz. To places of preferment.

When Gabriel blows his horn, then this question will be decided.

You would leap over the stile, before you come near it.

The greatest Clerks are not alwayes the wisest men.

Children are a certain care, and an uncertain com∣fort.

To stumble at a straw, and leap over a block.

Whett brings no lett; viz. When a mower whets his sithe.

Every one as he likes quoth the good man when he kiss'd his Cow.

As the bell tinketh, so the fool thinketh.

If the bed could tell all it knoweth, it would putt many to the blush.

To cast up all old scores and driblets,
Set the Hares oot to the Goose giblets.

When the belly is full, the bones would be at rest.

Over boots, over shooes.

A muffled Cat no good Mous-hunter.

Light gain maketh a heavy purse.

He teacheth ill who teacheth all.

A Diurnal-maker, is the sub-amner to an Histo∣rian.

Every one can tame a shrew, but he who hath her.

A fool and his money are soon parted.

He who sweareth when he is at play, may challenge his damnation by way of purchase.

Souldiers in Peace, are lik Chimneyes in Sum∣mer.

All covet, all loose.

He will have an Oar in every mans boat.

A Shipp under sayl, a man in compleat armour, a Woman with a great belly, are three of the han∣somest sights; whereunto the Spaniard addeth two more; viz. A Bishop in a Pulpit, and a theif on the gallowes.

Even reckoning maketh long friends.

The Devil run through thee booted and spurr'd, with a sithe on his back; Sedgley curse in Staffordshire.

I know best where my shooe pincheth.

Change of Pasture makes fat calfs,

Change of Women make lean knaves.

When he should work every finger is a thumb.

The Catt would eat fish, but she would not wett her feet.

Better is the last smile, then the first laughter.

He must have a long spoon who will eat with the Devil.

Love and Peas-pottage will make their way; viz. The one breaks the heart, the other the belly.

When the Mare hath a balld face, the Filly will have a blaze.

'Tis an evill Procession, where the Devil holdeth the candle.

As plain as Dunstable high-way.

When the Cat's away, the Mouse may play.

He that is afraid of every fart, must goe farr to to piss.

He loves sheeps flesh well, that wetts his bread in the wooll.

I have a Goose to pluck with you; viz. I have something to complain of.

Fire and Water are good servants, but they are bad masters.

The Catt winked, when both her eyes were out.

If P. be sick, and B. be dead,
Then go thy way C. and beg thy bread.

Ile warrant you for an Egg at Easter.

The Fox preyes furthest from home.

A hungry horse maketh a clean manger; viz. He eateth all his Oats.

Page  3You may drive a Toppe over a tylde house as soon.

They stick together like burrs.

As madd as a March-hare.

The blind eats many a fly.

'Tis sooner said then done.

Bolster or pillow, be it whose will for me.

Better it be done, then wish it had bin done

As good undone as do it too soon.

As soon goes the Lamb-skin to the market, as the old Ewes.

'Tis a bad sack that will abide no clowting.

An ill stake standeth longest.

Proffer'd service stinks.

Better to have then wish.

Itch and ease can no man please.

He cannot see the Wood for Trees, viz. He is a blockhead.

Snow is white, and lies in the dike,

And every man letts it ly;

Pepper is black, and hath a good smack,

And every man doth it buy.

Change is no robbery.

He that is angry without a cause, must be pleased without amends.

Tread on a worm, and it will turn against you.

Too much of one thing, is good for nothing.

VVit whither wilt thou?

A dandiprat, a hopp on my thumb, a demilance, viz. A little man.

He hath got the better end of the staff.

Who medleth with all things, may goe and shooe Goslings.

As merry as Cup and Can, as merry as Tinkers, as mice in malt.

A scald head's soon broken.

As just as Iermans lipps; Spoken in derision.

Of little medling comes great ease.

Who puts variance twixt man and wife, goeth twixt bark and tree.

They agree like two Catts in a gutter.

As nice as a Nuns hen.

As meet as a Sow for a saddle.

A new broom sweeps clean.

Spare to speak, spare to speed.

Seldom seen soon forgotten.

A little Pott, is soon hott; Meant of little men soon cholerick.

As angry as a Wasp.

As merry as a Crickett.

Every cock is proud on his own dunghil

A ragg'd colt, may make a good horse.

'Tis easie to cry Ule at other mens costs.

He would fain fly, but he wants feathers.

All this wind shakes no corn.

Let every Cuckold wear his own horns;

His heart fell down to his hose.

Children and fools tell truth.

I know him as well as the beggar knoweth his dish.

To help a lame Dogg over a stile; viz. To help one at a pinch.

He is high in the instepp, viz. proved.

I had him streight in the wind; viz. smelt him out.

All is fish that comes to his nett.

Hunger drops down at his nose.

He will not part with the parings of his nails.

A gauld horse is good enough for a scabby squire.

A man may break his neck as soon as his fast in his house.

Backan quoth Mortimer to his Sow.

Nothing down, nothing up.

Ka me, ka thee, viz. one good turn asketh another.

I may put my winnings in my Eye, and see never the worse.

You are none of the Hastings.

To steal a Goose, and stick a feather.

He is as rich as a new-shorn sheep.

I suck not this out of my fingers ends.

By right or wrong, by hook or crook.

As good play for nought, as work for nought.

Patience is a Flower that groweth not in every gar∣den.

To take a haire of the same dogg; viz. To be drunk again the next day.

Many kinsfolks and few friends.

Every one basteth the fatt hogg, while the lean one burneth; viz. He that hath shall have more.

Cheer up man, God is still where he was..

Who can sing so merry a note,
As he that cannot change a grote?

Be not too bold with your biggers, or bet∣ters.

Where nothing is, the King must loose his right.

There is no more hold to be taken of his word then of an Eel by the tail.

One tale is good till the other be told.

The first point of hawking, is hold fast.

I'le warrant you for an Egg at Easter.

Who sendeth a fool upon an errand, must goe him∣self after.

Who hath once the fame to be an early riser, may sleep till noon.

What is worse then ill luck?

Yes, pissing a bedd.

A thinn medow is soon mow'd.

He who perisheth in needless danger, is the devils martyr.

Truth hath a good face, but ill clothes.

Put a Miller, a Tailor, and a Weaver in a bagg and shake them, the first who cometh out will be a thief.

A turd in your teeth, that's no false Latin.

It is ill awaking of a sleeping Lion.

'Tis best fishing in troubled waters.

Hasty peeple will never make good Midd∣wifes.

'Tis good Christning of a mans own child first.

He that goes out with often losse,
At last comes home by weeping crosse.

The Crow thinketh her own bird fairest.

A meer Scholler, a meer Asse.

A fatt commodity hath no fellow.

You give me chalk for cheese.

Page  4A young man old, makes an old man young.

Beggers should be no choosers.

Children and fools tell truth.

You have let leap a Whiting, viz. you have let slip an opportunity.

Two hands in a dish, but one in a purse.

Poor folks must be glad of Pottage.

Every one cannot have a nose like a shooing-horn.

Two to one is odd at foot-ball.

Gip quoth Gilbert when his Mare farted.

Every Pease will have its veaze, and a Bean fif∣teen

Trick for trick, and a stone in thy foot besides, quoth one pulling out a stone out of his Mares hoof, when she bit him upon the back, and he her upon the buttock.

He looks like a Bull that hath beshit the Fair.

A womans knee, and dogs snout are alwayes cold.

If you will not when you may, when you will, you shall have nay.

He speaks like a Mouse in a cheese.

He that doth kiss and do no more, may kiss behind, and not before.

The weakest goes still to the wall.

My Horse pisseth Whey,

My Man pisseth Ambar,

My Horse is for my Way,

My Man is for my Chamber.

Early to bed, and early to rise,
Makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.

There runs more water by the Mill, then the Mil∣ler knows of.

You are a hot-shot indeed; A speech spoken in a slighting derision.

He follows me like a tantony pigg.

You tell your chickins before they be hatch'd.

You leap over the stile before you come to it.

Let every sack stand upon its own bottom.

Life is sweet, though it alway sweat.

Soon todd, soon with God, A Northern Proverb when a child hath teeth too soon.

A thing there was, and done it was, and wise was he that hid it,

Let no man know who knows it not, Not do so no more that did it. Of one who mistook his neighbours wife for his own.

We must creep before we can go.

Put thy wish in one fist, and shire in the tother, and try which will be fill'd soonest.

Do not say go, but gaw, viz. go thy self along.

Love me little, and love me long.

I took her for a Rose, but she prov'd a Burr.

We fish'd all night, and catch'd a Frogg.

She thinks her farthing as good silver as anothers.

A little horse is soon curried.

Some are early up, yet nere the neer.

Store is no sore.

In the dark all Catts are grey.

You must not look a given horse in the mouth.

'Tis yet but honey moon with them, viz. The first moneth of the marriage.

Better to be happy then wise.

Wit is never good till it be bought.

There must be more then four leggs a bedd to keep a houshold.

Self do, self have.

Cut thy coat after thy cloth.

Unminded, unmoned.

Coll under canstick, he can play with both hands.

Better unborn then untaught.

Leave is light.

I proud, and thou proud, who shall carry out the asnes?

He will hold with the Hare, and run with the Hound.

Better to stand by one shiting, then by one chipping.

Wit is best when it is bought.

Use makes mastery.

When the belly is full, the bones would be at rest.

The burnt child dreads the fire.

She will ly as fast, as a Dogg will lick a dish.

Have among you blind harpers.

The more the merrier, the fewer the better cheer.

Better come at the end of a Feast, then the begin∣ing of a fray.

Better to be an old mans derling, then a young mans werling.

Crack me that Nutt, quoth Bumsted.

Hew not too high, lest the chipps fall into the eye.

There is difference 'twixt staring and stark madd.

When the Fox preacheth, beware the Gees.

You make me scratch where it itcheth not.

There is no butter will stick to my bread.

Tis ill healing of an old sore.

Do well and have well.

What, must I tel you a tale, and find you ears?

'Tis an ill wind that bloweth no body good.

This wind shakes no corn.

All the sart is fallen into the fire, spoken when a business miscarries.

There are more wayes to the wood then one, viz. more means to compass a business then one.

Ile get the horse or loose the saddle.

To stop two gaps with one bush, to give two hitts with one stone.

I give an inch, and you take an ell.

Would you both eat your cake, and have your cake?

You can have no more of the Fox then his skin.

Every man for himself, and God for us all.

You harp too long on this string.

Short shooting looseth the game.

All covet, all loose.

You cannot see green cheese, but your teeth must water.

You would over the stile ere you come at it.

Long standing, and poor offering, maketh poor Priests.

Tis a sory Asse that will not bear his own burden.

A clowdy morn may turn to a cleer afternoon.

I think you have piss'd on a nettle, viz. you are froward.

You have hit the nail on the head, viz. you are in the right.

Page  5As good never a whitt as never the better.

In neither barrel better herring.

Enough is as good as a feast.

Lord, take me as I'am, not as I was. A saying of the penitent.

'Tis good sleeping in a whole skin.

She mends as sower ale doth in sommer.

Small pitchers have wide ears.

He setts cock on the hoop, viz. He is prodigal.

When he should work, each finger is a thumb. Spo∣ken of a lazy fellow.

Better spare at the brim, then at the bottom.

He goes out of Gods blessing to the warm Sun, viz. from good to worse.

They are so great one with another, that the one cannot piss but the tother must let a fart.

The shooe will hold with the sole.

Better to be unmannerly then troublesom.

He that's bound must obey.

You have spun a fair threed, you have brought your hogs to a fair market. Spoken in derision when a bu∣siness hath sped ill.

Neer is my petticoat, but neerer is my smock.

As flat as a flounder.

There is a padd in the straw.

Spik and span new, viz. From Spica an ear of Corn, and the spawn of a fresh fish.

As sure as louse in bosome.

Nothing down, nothing up.

A good Jack makes a good Gill.

In love is no lack.

An inch breaks no square.

The hasty man never wants woe.

Wedding and hanging go by destiny.

Better give then take.

Butter is gold in the morning, silver at noon, and lead at night.

In space comes grace.

Tis ill waking of a sleepy dogg.

It hapneth in an hower, that happens not in seven yeers.

He holds my nose to the grindstone.

To set up a candle before the devil.

I am made or marr'd.

Of sufferance comes ease.

A Lords heart, and a beggars purse.

His heart is at his heel.

A cunning knave needs no broker.

Whats bred in the bone, will never out of the flesh.

I can see as far into a milstone as another.

God is no botcher.

Thy capp hath more ease then thy head.

A new broom sweeps clean.

Make not two sorrows of one.

His hand is still on his halfpenny.

Good walking with horse in hand.

He hath turnd his tipper.

No receivers, no thieves.

Beggars may sing before thieves.

Thou beggest at the wrong door.

The black Oxe never trod on thy foot, viz. Thou wast never in want.

He runneth far, that ne're returns.

To buy a pigg in a poke.

Hungry flies bite sore.

This is to cast Perls before swine.

In at the tone ear, and out at the tother.

The further we go, the further behind.

Take heart of grace.

As mad as a March-hare.

Harp no more on that string.

He casts a sheeps eye at her.

Who is more deaf then he that will not hear?

Have but few friends, though much acquaintance.

'Tis a good horse that never stumbles.

He may mend, but not grow worse.

I cannot hear on that side.

To set a good face on the matter.

That which will be a sharp thorn pricks betime: This is meant of the disposition of children.

One nail drives out another.

Light burden far heavy.

A tale of a tubb, Catt to her kind.

A Catt may look on a King.

Thou maist be in my Paternoster, but shalt never come into my Creed.

There goeth the hare away.

Loosers have leave to speak.

Further then the wall we cannot go.

A man far from his good is nigh his harm.

How many miles to Cuntington Mayd? If you light my Lord, and kiss my tail, you are at the towns end.

That which is one mans meat, is another mans poy∣son.

Who would please all, and himself too, undertakes what he cannot do.

Smooth Language grates not the toung.

You may put in your eye what you get by it.

Children are a certain care, and incertain com∣fort.

Give a thing, and take a thing, that's the Devils gold-ring.

Ask my fellow whether I am a thief.

He that is hang'd in a Crabb tree, will never love Verjuyce.

Possession is eleven points of the Law.

He hath not yet sowed all his wild oats.

There is no cake, but there is the like of the same make.

Swell quoth the Parson to his prick, when he lay with his Mayd.

They agree like bells, they want but hanging up.

He was hangd who left his drink behind him; A thief being pursued to an Alehouse, left suddenly his drink behind, and so was discover'd and hang'd.

Every one cannot have a nose like a shooing-horn.

His eyes are bigger then his belly.

To loose a Goose, and get a fether.

As scabby as a Cuckow, as lean as a Hern.

Ther is no deceit in a brimmer.

Brave man at arms, but weak to Balthasar.

What, shall we starve in a Cooks-shop, and a shoul∣der of mutton by?

Page  6Sweet heart and bagg pudding.

Threatned folks live long.

He hath a good voice to beg Bacon.

Eat less, and drink less, and buy a knife at Michael-mass.

As plain to be seen as the nose on your face.

Can you not be content to feed well, but you must cry roast-meat?

To put a good face on an ill game.

You count your chickins before they be hatch'd.

One doth the scathe, and another hath the scorn.

He hath swallowed a Spider, viz. He hath plaid the bankrupt.

Fall edge, fall blade, whatsoever happen.

He who doth an old wife wedd,

Must eat a cold apple as he goes to bed; This re∣lates to the flatulence of the apple which causeth E∣rection.

You will make me believe that the Moon is made of green cheese.

One pair of heels is worth two pair of hands.

Coy Mayds lead Apes in Hell.

You are as wise as the men of Gotham, who went to build a wall about the wood to keep out the Cuckow.

The more hast the worse speed.

His horses head is swoln so bigg, that he cannot come out of the stable, viz. He owes the hostler so much.

This Tobacco grew under the King of Spains win∣dow, and the Queen piss'd upon it.

Our Fathers which were wondrous wise,
Did wash their throats, before they wash'd their eyes.

With as good a will as ever I came from school.

Who is killed by a Canon-bullet was curst in his Mothers belly.

When thou dost hear a toul or knell,
Then think upon thy passing-bel.

As busie as a Hen with ten Chickins.

A Crabb of the Wood, is sawce very good, for a Crabb of the Sea;

The wood of a Crabb, is good for a Drabb that will not her Husband obey.

Pauls will not alwayes stand.

The third of November the Duke of Vandosm was under water,
The fourth of November the Queen was delivered of a daughter,
The fifth of November we were like to have a great slaughter,
And the sixth of November was the next day after.

Who wears black, must carry a brush at his back.

Iohn would wipe his nose if he had it.

Shitten-come-shites is the beginning of love.

His nose will abide no jest; he hath taken a pett, or Pepper in the nose.

You would make me believe that an Asses ears are made of horns.

Drift is as bad as unthift.

Full of curtesie full of craft.

His hair growes through his hood.

He who will thrive, must rise at five;

He who hath thriven, may sleep till seven;
Who will not thrive at all, may sleep till eleven.

A drunken C. hath no Porter.

Debt is better then death.

Last make fast, viz. shut the dore.

If every fool should weat a bable, fewel would be dear.

A fit night to steal away a fair Lady, viz. A cleer Moon-shine.

Every one a fool or a Physitian to himself after thir∣tie.

To buy a pigg in a poke.

God sends meat, the devil sends us Cooks.

The more she weeps the less she will piss.

Where the Turks horse doth once tread the grass never growes.

A good conscience a continual Feast.

The greatest wealth is contentment with a little.

Prayer brings down the first blessing, and Praise the second.

You are he that did eat the pudding and the bagg.

Money makes the gray Mare to go.

He is my neighbour who grinds at my mill.

Stick a sprigg of Nettle in her arse and send her for a token to the devil.

A womans advice is best at a dead lift.

Better children cry, then old men.

In every Countrey the Sun riseth in the morning.

The brain that sowes not corn plants thistles, viz. If there be not good thoughts, there are bad.

He who hath no ill fortune is cloyd with good.

Do what thou oughtst, and come what can come.

Think of ease, but work on.

It is more painfull to do nothing then something.

Good is good, but better carries it.

Good cheap is dear, for it tempts a man to buy what he needs not.

The absent party is still faulty.

A married man turns his staff into a stake, viz. He hath not so much liberty.

Truth and Oyl are ever above.

Prayer and provender never hinder journey.

Water, fire, and war, quickly make room.

The eye and holy things can bear no jeasting.

Thou art wise enough, if thou canst keep thee warm.

As wise as Walthams calf, who went nine miles to suck a Bull, and came home as dry as he went.

Light come light go.

Unknown, unkist.

There is God in the almery.

The devil's in the Orologe.

The best is behind.

The worst is behind.

A wonder lasteth but nine dayes.

Rubb a gald hors on the back and he will winch.

A good beginning hath a good ending.

To stumble at a straw, and leap over a block.

The shoe will hold with the sole.

I have hang'd up my hatchet and scap'd my self.

An old knave is no babe.

Thy face is shorn against the wooll.

Page  7Thou art one of them to whom God bad ho.

The weakest goes to the walls.

I will set all at six and seven.

A scabby horse is good enough for a scabby squire.

When ale is in, wit is out.

Poor men have no souls.

Time and Tyde stayes for no man.

Better steal a horse then stand by and look on.

A woman hath nine lives, and a cat so many.

He will say the Crow is white.

You give me a Pigg of my own Sow.

Change is no robbery.

I laught in my sleeve.

I seek for a thing wife, that I would not find.

He hath thy head under his girdle.

He shoots wide of the mark.

He is a Merchant without ware or money.

Toung breaketh bones.

Time is tickel.

He casts beyond the Moon.

'Backare quoth Mortimer to his Sow.

Tis but a flea-biting.

Wine wears no breeches.

He that medleth with all things may shooe the Gosling.

The plain fashion is best.

Who cometh last, let him make fast.

He will kill a man for a mess of mustard.

Of two ills choose the least.

Forberance is no quittance.

Misreckoning is no payment.

I will take it falth in the sneaf where ever it fall.

He is Iack out of Office.

Let the Cat wink, and the Mouse runs.

Say nay and take it.

I will say nought but mum.

His toung runs before his wit.

Own is own, and home is home.

She hath spun a fair threed.

They may laugh that win.

He playes best who wins.

Let this wind blow over.

I have seen as far come as nigh.

The keys hang not at one mans girdle.

A good coming in, is all in all with a widdow.

A bow long bent at last waxeth weak.

A broken sleeve holdeth the arm back.

A Cat may look upon a King.

A carion kite will never be a good hawk

A dogg hath his day.

A dogg will bark ere he bite.

A fools bolt is soon shot.

A friend is not so soon gotten as lost.

A friend is never known till a man have need.

A good man can doe no more harme then a sheep.

A good tale ill told in the telling is marr'd.

A good wife maketh a good husband.

A good neighbour, a good good morrow.

A grunting horse and a groaning wife never fail their Riders.

A hard beginning hath a good ending.

A hard-fought field, where no man escapeth un∣killd.

A hasty man never wants woe.

A hony toung, a heart of gall.

A legg of a Lark is better then the whole body of a Kyte.

A friend in Court is worth a penny in purse.

After meat comes mustard.

As long liveth a merry man as a sadd.

A long harvest of a little Corn.

A low hedge is easily leaped over.

A man is not so soon healed as hurt.

A Man, far from his good, is nigh his harm.

A man may buy Gold too dear.

A man may well bring a horse to the water, but he cannot make him drink without he will.

A mouse in time may bite in two a Cable.

A piece of a Kid is worth two of a Cat.

A sorry dogg that is not worth the whistling after.

As proud comes behind as goes before.

A proud horse that will not bear his own proven∣der.

A pound of care will not pay an ounce of debt.

A scald head is soon broken.

A swine over-fat, is the cause of his own bane.

A traveller may ly with authority.

A wonder lasteth but nine dayes.

After black clouds cleer weather.

After a storm comes a calm.

After dinner sit a while,
After supper walk a mile.

All is not gold that glisters.

All is well that ends well.

An ill cook that cannot lick his own fingers.

An inch breaketh no square.

An inch in a Misse, is as bad as an ell.

An unbidden guest knoweth not where to sit.

As a man is friended so the Law is ended.

As deep drinketh the Goose, as the Gander.

As good to play for nought as work for nought.

As I brew, so must I drink.

Batchelors wives and Maydens children be well taught.

Be it better be it worse, go you after him that bears the purse.

Believe well, and have well,

Better be envied then pittied.

Better tooth out then alwayes ake.

Better fed then taught.

Better half a loaf then no bread.

Better late then never.

Better leave then lack.

Better sit still then rise and fall.

Better spare at brim, then at bottom.

Better to be happy then wise.

Better to bow then break.

Better to rule, then be ruled by the rout.

Better unborn then untaught.

Better a bad excuse then none at all.

Beware of had I wist.

Black will take no other hue.

Blind men should not judge of colours.

Page  8Bought wit is best.

By wisedom peace, by peace plentie.

Burnt child dreads the fire.

Cat after kind.

Christmas come's but once a year, and when it come's there is good cheer.

Close sitteth my shirt, but closer my skin.

Clowdy mornings turn to fair evenings.

Cut your coat after your cloth.

Dear bought and farr fett, are dainties for La∣dies.

Dinners cannot be long where dainties want.

Do well and have well.

Enough is as good as a feast.

Ever drunk ever dry.

Even reckoning maketh long friends.

Every man basteth the fat hog.

Every man cannot hit the nail on the head.

Every man for himself and God for us all.

Every one after his fashion.

Evil gotten goods never proves well.

Evil gotten evil spent.

Fast bind, fast find.

Fair words make fools fain.

Eair words hurt not the mouth.

Few words to the wise, suffice.

Fish is cast away that is cast into dry pools.

First come first served.

Folly it is to spurn against a prick.

Foul water as soon as faire will quench hot fire.

Foul in the cradle, fair in the saddle.

Fools with fair words are pleased.

Frost and fraud have alwayes foul ends.

Give an inch, and you will take an ell.

God never sendeth mouth, but he sendeth meat.

God sendeth cold after cloth.

God sendeth fools fortune.

Good words cost nought.

Good riding at two Ankers men have told,

For if the one fail, the other may hold.

Good to be merry and wise.

Great boast small rost.

Great barkers are no biters.

Half warn'd, half arm'd.

Happy man, happy dole.

Hast makes wast.

He can ill pipe that lacketh his upper lip.

He laugheth that winneth.

He may ill run that cannot go.

He must needs swim that is held up by the chin.

He runneth far that never returneth again.

He that cometh last must make all fast.

He that cometh last to the pot soonest wroth.

He that feareth every grasse must not pisse in the meddow.

He that hath an ill name is half hanged.

He that hath plenty of good shall have more.

He that hath but a little, he shall have lesse,
And he that hath right nought, right nought shall possesse.

He that is borne to be hanged shall never be drown'd.

He that striketh with the sword shall be beaten with the scabbard.

He that will not when he may, when he would he shall have nay.

He that winketh with the one eye and looketh with the other,

I will not trust him though he were my bro∣ther.

He that playes more then he sees, forfeiteth his eyes to the King.

He is proper that hath proper conditions.

He that worst may must hold the candle.

He that reckoneth without his Host, must reckon twice.

Hold fast when you have it.

Hope well and have well.

Hot Love soon cold.

How can the Fole amble when the horse and Mare trot?

Hunger maketh hard beans sweet.

Hunger pierceth stone-walls.

Hunger is the best sauce.

If every one mend one, all shall be mended.

Ill gotten ill spent.

Ill putting a sword in a mad mans hand.

Ill weeds grow fast.

In Love no lack.

In trust is Treason.

It chanceth in an houre that happeneth not once in seven year.

It is a bad cloth that will take no colour.

It is a foul bird that defileth his own nest.

It is an ill wind that bloweth no man good.

It is a good horse that never stumbleth.

It is better kisse a knave then to be troubled with him.

It is better to be a shrew then a sheep.

It is easier to descend then ascend.

It is good fishing in troubled water.

It is good to beware by other mens harms.

It is good to be merry and wise,

It is good sleeping in a whole skin.

It is good to have a hatch before the door.

It is hard halting before a cripple.

It is hard to wive and thrive both in a year.

It is hard striving against the stream.

It is an ill coming to the end of a feast and begin∣ing of a fray.

It is ill fishing before the net.

It is ill healing of an old sore.

It is merry in Hall, when beards wagg all.

It is merry when Tinkers meet.

It is not all butter that the Cow shites.

It must needs be true what every man saith.

It pricketh betimes that will be a good thorn.

It is not good to have an Oare in every mans boat.

Page  9It will not out of the flesh, that is bred in the bone.

It is a rare thing to doe good.

Is every man born to be rich?

In the end, things will mend.

Knowledge is a great blessing.

Kindnesse will creep where it cannot go.

Leave is light.

Like will to like.

Little said soon amended.

Little do you know what I think.

Look ere you leap.

Look not too high, lest a chip fall in thine eye.

Love cometh in at the window, and goeth out at the door.

Love is blind.

Love me little, and love me long.

Love me, love my Dogg.

Like to like, quoth the Devil to the Collier.

Like master, like man.

Look not a given Horse in the mouth.

Many hands make light work.

Many cannot see wood from trees.

Mock not quoth Mumford, when his wife call'd him Cuckold.

Many kisse the Child for the Nurses sake.

Many a little maketh a mickle.

More mayds then Mawkin.

Many small make a great.

Many words will not fill a bushel.

Many men many minds.

Measure is a merry mean.

Might overcometh right.

More afraid then hurt.

Need hath no Law.

Need maketh the old wife trott.

Never pleasure without repentance.

No man loveth his fetters, be they made of gold.

No man ought to look a given horse in the mouth.

No woman seeks another in the Oven, which hath not before been there.

Nothing hath no savor.

No man liveth without a fault.

Nothing is impossible to a willing heart.

Nothing venture nothing have.

Of a good beginning cometh a good end.

Of a ragg'd Colt cometh a good Horse.

Of little medling cometh great ease.

Of sufferance cometh ease.

One ill weed marreth a whole pot of pottage.

One ill word asketh another.

One shrewd turn followeth another.

One fool maketh many fools.

One thing well done, is twice done.

Out of sight out of mind.

Over shooes over boots.

One beateth the Bush, another catcheth the Birds.

Poor and proud, fie, fie.

Pride goes before, and shame follows after.

Pride will have a fall.

Profered service stinketh.

Prove thy friend ere thou have need.

Patience is a Vertue.

Puff not against the wind.

Patience perforce, is medicin for a mad dog.

Reckoners without their host, must reckon twice.

Rome was not built in one day.

Reason rules all things.

Righteous things will prosper.

Saying and doing are two things.

Seldom cometh the better.

Seldom seen is soon forgotten.

Self do self have.

Shame take him that shame thinketh.

Shamefull craving must have shameful nay.

Set a beggar a hors-back, and he will gallop.

Small pitchers have wide ears.

So many heads, so many witts.

Soft fire maketh sweet malt.

Salt seasons all things.

Somewat is better then nothing.

Soon gotten, soon spent.

Soon hot, soon cold.

Soon ripe, soon rotten.

So long goeth the pot to the water, that at length it cometh home broken.

Spare to speak, spare to speed.

Speak faire and think what you will.

Spend and God will send.

Store is no sore.

Struggle not against the stream.

Such a father such a son.

Such beginning such end.

Such lipps such lettice.

Such welcome such farewell.

Such Carpenters such chips.

Sweet meat will have sowre sauce.

Take time when time cometh, lest time steal a∣way.

Take heed is a good reed.

Tales of Robin Hood are good for fools.

That one will not another will.

That the eye seeth not, the heart rueth not.

That peny is well spent that saveth a groat.

The beggar may sing before the thief.

The best Cart may overthrow.

The best is best cheap.

The blind lead the blind, they will stumble.

The Cat knoweth whose lipps she licketh well e∣nough.

The fewer the better fare.

The Fox fareth well when he is cursed.

The greatest talkers are the least doers.

The greatest Clarks be not the wisest men.

The more the merrier.

The malt-man comes on munday.

Page  10The greatest Crabs be not all the best.

The highest tree hath the greatest fall.

The young Cock croweth as the old heareth.

The keyes hang not all at one mans girdle.

The longer East, the shorter West.

The longest day hath an end.

The low stake standeth long.

The eye-servant is never good for his Master.

The more thy years, the nigher thy grave.

The Nightingall sings clear.

The Parish-Priest forgetteth that ever he hath been Holy-water Clark.

The Tide keeps its course.

There is difference between staring and starke blind.

There is falsehood in fellowship.

Think well of all men.

They must hunger in frost that will not worke in heat.

They that are bound must obey.

They that be in Hell weene there is no other Heaven.

Threatned folks live long.

Time lost we cannot win.

Time stayeth for no man.

Too much of one thing is good for nothing.

Tread a worm on the tail, and she will turn again.

The penny in pocket is a good companion.

Truth shameth the Devil.

Two eyes can see more then one.

Two false knaves need no Broker.

Two Apples in my hand, and the third in my mouth.

Two heads are better then one.

Talk not too much on State-affairs.

Two may keep counsel when one is away.

What is a workman without his tools?

What the heart thinketh, the toung speaketh.

When the head aketh all the body is the worse.

When the pigg is proferd hold up the poke.

When theives fall out, true folks come to their own.

VVelcome death quoth the Ratt, when the trapp fell down.

When thy neighbours house doth burn be careful of thine own.

VVe will do any thing that we may dance all.

Will. the Piper hath broke his pipes.

VVho hath an ill name is half hang'd.

Vhere nothing is a little doth ease.

VVhere saddles lack, better ride on a padd, then on a horses bare back.

VVhere nought is to wend witt, wise men flee the clogs.

VVhere men are well used, they will frequent there.

VVhere wine is not common, commons must be sent.

VVithout hope the heart would break.

VVho lacketh a stock, his gaine is not worth a chipp.

VVho meddleth in all things,

May shooe the Goslings.

VVho so deaf as he that will not hear?

VVho weddeth ere he be wise, shill die ere he thrive.

Will. will have Wilt, though Will woe winn.

VVinn gold, and wear gold.

VVit is never good till it be bought.

VVho that may not as they would, must will as they may.

Yll gotten, ill spent.

Ynough is as stood as a feast.

The Goose drinketh as deep as the Gander.

The masters footsteps fatten the soyl.

He hath enough to keep the VVolf from the door; viz. Hunger.

Better are many meals then one merry one.

You may scratch where it itcheth not.

He shaketh as an Aspen-leaf.

The grief of the head is the grief of griefs.

A piece of Kid is worth two of a Catt.

Ther's no butter will stick on my bread.

'Tis ill healing of an old sore.

He cannot see the wood for trees.

His lust is as young as his limbs are old.

As coy as Crokers mare.

It would make a horse break his halter.

A new broom sweepeth clean.

Every thing is worse for the wearing.

As cold as a key.

As hott as a Toast.

I fear neither King nor Keysar.

Better to be King of a Mole-hill, then a Keysars slave.

VVinn it and wear it.

A mans best fortune, or his worst's a wife.

His toung outrunneth his witt.

To marry a young Mayd to an old man, is to cover a new house with old straw.

Hab or nab, Ile have her.

VVho hath much pease may put the more in the pott.

As bald as a Coott.

As sure as Check.

Foolish pitty mars the Citty.

Spare the rodd, spill the child.

After dinner sitt a while,
After supper walk a mile.

A Serjeant is the Spawn of some decayed shop∣keeper.

As lean as a Rake.

To play least in sight.

To walk by Owle-light, viz. To fear arresting.

A fool is fulsome.

Long and lazy, little and loud,

Fatt and fulsome, prety and proud; in point of women.

As melancholy as a Colliers horse.

As melancholy as a gibb'd Catt.

His witt goes a wool-gathering.

VVitt whither wilt thou?

The difference twixt the poor man and the rich, is that the one walketh to gett meat for his stomack, the other to get a stomack to his meat.

Page  11Are you there with your Bears?

As welcome as water into ones shooes.

As welcome as Flowers in May.

A whipp for a fool, and a rodd for a School,

Is alwayes in good season.


A halter and a rope, for him that will be Pope,

VVithout all right and reason.

Twixt Card. Woolsey, and W. Sommers.

VVife and children, anvil of charges.

She holds her tail awry.

God grant your early rising do you no harm; Spoken jeeringly.

Soldiers in peace are like Chimneys in Summer.

His eye is bigger then his belly.

A white loaf and a hard cheese never shames the Master.

A good pawn never shame the Master.

VVare wapps quoth Will. Day.

All's fish that comes into his nett.

Your Geese are all Swans.

You shall have a flapp with a Fox tail.

Tis good walking with horse in hand.

As good a Mayd as her Mother.

Tittle tattle, give the Goos more hay.

No smoke without fire.

Much would have more.

Many women, many words,
Many geese many turds.

As merry as fourty beggars.

With as good a will as ever I came from School.

Twixt two stools the tail goes down.

Better sit still, then rise up and fall.

Ile christen my own child first.

Charity begins at home.

Long lookd for comes at last.

The more hast the worse speed.

True blew will never stain.

You will not believe one bald, except you see his brain.

One cannot catch a Fly when he will.

Nine Eggs a peny and eight addle.

As fine as fippence, as neat as nine pence.

As good without as never the nere.

To break ones head and gve him a plaster.

Harm watch, harm catch.

As a man's friended so the Law's ended.

Peace and catch a mouse.

Claw me, and Ile claw thee.

Ile have none of your flat milk.

One Swallow doth not make a Summer.

One VVoodcock does not make a winter.

Tis Midsummer Moon with you; viz. You are madd.

My Catt hath no such ears.

A pudding hath two ends, but a fool hath none.

A silent woman better then a double-toung'd man.

Silence the best ornament of a woman.

You must not let your mouse-trapp smell of cheese.

If your Plow be jogging, you may have meat for your horses.

You dance in a nett, and you think no body sees you.

A pint of Wine to a Vintner is but as a Pipping to a Coster-monge.

He is sick of the Lombard feaver.

Newes, newes, the skin of your arse will make a new pair of shooes.

Kiss my arse for a week of fair weather.

You will make hony of a doggs-turd.

Take heed of lighting at both ends.

Wheresoever you see your kindred, make much of your friends.

Words are but sands, but 'tis money buyes lands.

The peniless man may sing before the thief.

What again quoth Palmer.

He that buyes the Cow must keep the Calf.

As sure as cheque; viz. Exchequer.

One good turn asks another.

There is no striving against the stream.

A man without reason, is a beast in season.

Ther's no venome to that of the toung.

'Tis clear gain that remains by honest gettings.

Ther's none poor, but such as God hates.

Ile take no leave of you, quoth the Baker to the Pillory.

A little house well fill'd, and a little wife well will'd, and a little field well till'd, are great Riches.

Warrs are sweet to them who know them not.

'Tis ill playing with edg'd tools.

A good Recorder sets all in order.

As good never a whit as never the better.

Good Ale is meat, drink and cloth.

'Tis wisedom somtimes to run with the Hare, and hold with Hound.

When Fern grows redd then Milk is good with bread.

Farewell and be hang'd that is twise God be with you.

Good night Nicholas, the Moon is in the Flock∣bedd.

Stark dead be thy comfort.

The witt of you, and the wool of an old dogg, will make a piece of lincy-woolsie.

To skin a stone for a peny, and break a knife of twelvepence.

No hast to hang true men.

As right as a Rams horn.

A turd in his teeth that owes no money.

Tis ill gathering of stones where the Sea is bottom∣lesse.

The Devil and Iohn of Cumber.

An itch is worse then a smart.

If that be so, I'le give you leave to make a whistle of my arse.

Spare not to spend, but spare to go thither.

Bragg is a good dogg.

Happy is the child whose father goes to the Devil.

Every day in the week one shower of rain, and on Sunday twain; A Proverb in many shires of Eng∣land.

Usurers purses and woments plackets are never sa∣tisfied.

How good witts do jump!

A hot May makes a fatt Church-yard.

Page  12Take a Hare without a muse, and a Knave without an excuse, and hang them up.

Ready money will away.

Every thing must leak, quoth the Wren when she pis'd into the Sea.

A cold May and a windy, maketh a full Barn, and a findy.

A pox on that quoth Gill to her hole.

There you lett slip a Whiting; viz. An oportunity.

When hath the Goose most feathers on her back? when the Gander is a topp of her,

The Fox had a wound he knew not where,
He look'd in his arse and found it there.

Of all the fishes in the Sea, give me a naked wo∣man.

Fly brass, the Coblers nose in the Tinkers arse.

That's even a goodly dish of Birds.

Dabb quoth Dawkins, when he hit his wife in the arse with a pound of butter.

Good fish, but all the craft is in the catching.

Nippence, no pence, half a groat wanting two pench.

You cannot fare well, but you must cry roast-meat.

You are as welcome as water in ones shooes.

As lazy as he who laid down his wallet to lett a fart.

He brings meat in his mouth.

April snowers bring forth May flowers.

Ianivir freez the pott by the fire.

February fill dike,

Either with black or white;

He will fill it ere he go,

If it be but with a fould of straw.

Fair and soft goes farr.

Children and fools tell truth.

Pease-Pottage and tawny,

Never made good medley.

The proof of a pudding is in the eating.

A Gentleman without money, is like a Pudding without suet.

An old serving-man, a young beggar.

Who is born under a three-peny Planett, will never be worth a groat.

'Tis ill gaping before an Oven.

Out of the frying-pan into the fire. viz. From bad to worse.

Out of Gods blessing into the warm Sun.

Butter's good for any thing, but to stopp an Oven, or seal a Letter.

He will not give his head for the washing.

Ther's difference twixt staring and stark madd.

You come a day after the Fair.

Manners make a man, quoth William of Wickham.

Any tooth good Barber.

I love it as an Ape loves a whipp.

He will shave a whetstone.

He will not loose the droppings of his nose.

Give a child while he'l crave,
And a dogg while his tail will wave,

You shall have a fair dogg, and a foul child.

I have a Goose to pluck with you.

You measure every one by your own yard.

Women in State-affairs, are like Munkies in Glas∣shopps.

For one good turn another will itch,
Claw my elbow and Ile scratch your brich.

Let not the Shooe-maker go beyond his Last.

You putt the saddle on the wrong horse.

All is is not gold that glisters.

Ther's not a turd to choose.

That will be when the Devil is blind.

Ther's reason in rosing of Eggs.

Ile not creep in her arse to bake in her oven.

Catt to her kind.

It's a sory dogg that is not worth the whisling after.

You put the cart before the horse.

This is to sell a pigg in a poke.

One tale is good till the other be told.

My elbow itches, I must change my bedfellow.

'Tis an evil battle where the Devil carrieth the co∣lours.

They that love most are least set by.

A light Christmass, a heavy sheaf.

I would it were in again with the hedg-hogg after it; viz. A fart.

Give a man Fortune, and throw him into the Sea.

All work and no play, makes Iack a dull boy.

A red beard, and a black head,
Catch him with a good trick, and take him dead.

I have other Eggs to fry.

The King and Pope, the Lion and the Wolf; A Proverb used in King Johns time, in regard of the great exactions.

The Ratt, the Catt, and Lovell the dogg,

Do rule all England under a hogg; A Proverb used in Richard the Third's time.

If you are angry, turn the buckle of your girdle be∣hind you.

Make hay while the Sun shines.

Hinckeson-Down welly wrought,

Is worth London Town dearly bought; A Cornish Proverb, because of rich tinne Mines there.

You are like to come by weeping cross.

O Master Vier, we cannot pay you your rent, for we had no grace of God this year;

No shipwrack upon our coast; A saying of the Cornish.

Well fare nothing once a year.

He builds Castles in the Air.

'Tis good to be merry and wise.

Forewarnd, half armd.

Like to like quoth the Devil to the Collier.

The Father to the Bough, The Son to the Plow.

A Kentish Proverb meant of Gavelkind.

In Rain and Sun-shine, Cuckolds go to Heaven.

He that can gett a quart of milk for a peny, need not keep a Cow.

A cunning Knave needs no Broker.

Strand on the Green, thirteen Houses, fourteen Cuckolds, and never a house between; For the father and the son lay in one house.

Who goeth to Law with your Ladiship, taketh a wrong Sow by the ear.

Fly brass, thy father's a Tinker.

Page  13He that wrastleth with a turd shall be beshitt fall he over or under.

What's that? It is a layer for my Ladies arse, lick you the tother thing; Norfolk.

Grass and hay, we are all mortal.

Where fell the Parson? betwixt the whore your mothers leggs; A jeere to those below London bridge.

He must have a long spoon that eats with the De∣vil.

In the dark, Ioan is as good as my Lady.

Little said, and soon amended.

He is a wise child that knows his own father.

Better a clout then the arse out.

When the Sky falls we shall catch Larks.

Look high and fall into a Cow-turd.

Who follows Truth too close at the heels, she may chance dash out his teeth.

To swallow an Ox, and be choaked with the tail.

The Devil shites upon a great heap; viz. Of money.

Wide quoth Walley, when he thrust his pintle into the bedstraw.

As good steal the horse as look over the hedge.

Without herb-Iohn, no good pottage.

Let the dogg worry the hogg.

Fight dog fight Bear, the Devil part them.

Every one is not born a Poet.

He that groaps in the dark, finds that which he would not.

He that kisseth his wife in the market-place shall have many teachers.

Farr fetcht and dear bought is meat for Ladies.

A young Saint, an old Devil.

The old Catt slapps more then the Kittling.

Drink after an Egg, as after an Ox.

Too much money makes one madd.

When thieves fall out, true men come to their own.

A good candle-holder proves a good gamester.

'Tis ill halting before a cripple.

I can look into a Mil-stone as farr as another.

He is like the Devil, alwayes in mischief.

When might overcomes right, the weakest goes to the wall.

Ther's never a promise made, but its either broken or kept.

He who dies of threats, must be rung to Church by farts.

Ther's more wayes to the wood then one.

A fatt commodity hath no fellow.

No cutt to unkindness.

Once a Knave and ever a knave.

A pox on these true jests.

Ask my brother whether I am a thief.

The Lion not so fierce as he is painted.

VVords cutt more then swords.

'Tis good to help a lame dogg over the stile.

VVords are wind, but blows are unkind.

You will never make a Sattin purse of a Sowes ear.

He is all hony, or all turd.

Every light is not the Sun.

Trimm tramm, like master like man.

You two are finger and thumb.

Youth and white paper takes any impression.

When Adam delv'd and Eve span,

Who was then a Gentleman?

Up starts a churl that gathered good,

From whence did spring his noble blood.

If you swear you'l catch no fish.

If the Sky fall we shall have Larks; But who will catch them?

A great cry and little wooll, quoth the Devil when he sheard the hogg.

'Tis pitty fair weather should do any hurt.

If it rain on St. Swithins day, expect twill do so four∣ty dayes after more or lesse.

Never a barrel better Herring.

Gramercy fourty pence, Iack Noble's dead.

He that eats the Kings Goose, shalbe choaked with the feathets.

A living dogg is better then a dead Lion.

Better be a Cock for a day, then a Hen for a year.

Prate is prate, but it is the Duck that layes the Eggs.

Better have it, then hear of it.

Little difference twixt a feast and a belly-ful.

He that hath money in his purse cannot want a head for his shoulders.

Well horse, winter will come.

He found him napping as Mosse found his mare.

Better half a loaf then no bread.

He runs farr that never returns.

When you ride a young Colt, see your saddle be well girt.

Who kills a man when he is drunk, shall be hang'd when he is sober.

What do you roming so up and down?

I fishd long and caught a Frogg.

There are more then four leggs in a bedd that be∣long to man and wife.

Money is welcome, though it come in a shitten clout.

Kindness will creep where it cannot go.

One may live and learn, and be hang'd and for∣get all.

Such a reason pist my Goose.

As hungry as a Church-mouse.

I will not sett at my heart what I should sett at my heel.

A broken Apothecary, a new Doctor.

A hungry man, an angry man.

He looks as if he had sold all and took nothing for it.

He deserves not the sweet that will not taste of the sowre.

As good as ever water wet.

One scabd sheep spoils the whole flock.

He that never drank was never athirst.

Ther's a pudding in the fire, and my part lies there∣inna.

He speaks like a mouse in a Cheese.

It comes by Iohn Long the Carrier; viz. Never.

Fly, and you will catch the Swallow.

He was bredd at Hoggs-Norton.

Page  14You have fisht fair and catcht a frogg.

Two hungry meals make the third a glutton.

To take a hair of the same dogg; viz. To be drunk with the same drink again.

Tis not worth an Egg-shel.

By hook or crook; viz. By right or wrong.

The worst can fall, is but a denial.

Ther's neither pot broke, nor water spilt; viz. No hurt done.

A lyer had need of a good memory.

Tell me it snowes.

One may break his neck in his house as soon as his fast.

Ile look into his water hereafter.

Tis to cast water into the Thames.

To help a lame dogg over the stile.

She swelld like a Toad.

I had him in the wind, and smelt him streight.

All your Geese are Swans.

He is as free of his gift, as a poor man is of his eye.

One may gett a fart from a dead horse, as soon as a farthing from him.

He is high in the instepp, he stands a tiptoe.

He is hide-bound, he is an Hungarian.

Tis lost that's unsought.

He hath many knacks in his budget.

Gramercy horse.

This is to turn the Catt in the pan.

Have among you blind harpers.

Such lipps such Lettice.

You see the mote in my eye, but cannot see the beam in your own.

To strain at a Gnatt and swallow a Camel.

To stumble at a straw and jump over a stile.

Will you have better bread then is made of Wheat?

Best is best cheap.

Feed sparingly, and defie the Physitian.

Blurt Mr. Constable; spoken in derision.

Better half a loaf then none at all.

Pride feels no cold.

Provender pricks him.

Poverty parteth friends.

As an Owle in an Ivy-bush.

Farewell Frost.

He knows well enough what side his bread is butterd upon.

Oxford knifes, and London wives.

Who goes to Westminster for a VVife, to Pauls for a Man, and to Smithfield for a Horse, may meet with a whore, a knave, and a jade.

Grayes Inn for walks, Lincolns Inn for a wall, The inner Temple for a Garden, and the middle for a Hall.

Donmow Bacon, and Doncaster daggers.

Monmouth caps, and Lemsters wool.

Derby Ale, and London Beer.

When all is gone and nothing left,
VVhat avails the dagger with the dudgeon heft?

So you told me; Spoken ironically.

Like a curst Cow that gives a paile of milk, and then kicks it down.

Butter is in the Cows horns one a year.

Like Banbury Tinkers, who in stopping one hole, make two.

That which is got into the bone will never out of the flesh.

Happy is the eye, that dwels twixr the Severn and the Wye.

What's better then the Beer that's made of Malt?

Whats sweeter then the C. hipphalt?

There is no fishing to the Sea, nor service to the King.

A Northern sawing saw;

Doll, Dick, and Davie,

Look wel to thy Pater-noster, and thy Avie;

And if thy soul desires to speed,
Look also well unto thy Creed;
For tak't from me,
That he or she
Deserves to be

VVell belted in a bridle,

VVho leaves her werk
To play the Clerk,

And descant on the Bible.

Bate me an ace, quoth Bolton.

Mark Snelling anon.

Find me a true man Trent Northward, and I will find you an honest whore.

It works like soap in a Sowes tail.

VVhere the hedge is lowest, all men do go over; viz. The poor is oppressed.

VVords are but wind,

But blowes are unkind.

I must not hang all my bells upon one horse; viz. Give all away to one son.

You dream of a dry Summer.

He will live as long as old Russe of Pottern, who lived till all the world was weary of him.

Tis an ill wind that blows no body any good.

Grease a fat Sow in the tail, she will shite in your fist.

He hath the better end of the staff.

As good never a whit, as never the better.

He hath thwittend a Mill-post to a thwittle.

You cannot see a green Goose, but your teeth must warer.

To come in pudding-time.

Short-shooting looseth the game.

Long standing and small offering maketh poore Priests.

VVould you eat your cake, and have your cake?

A tale of Robin Hood.

A tale of Tom Thumb.

You may lend your arse, and shite thorough your ribbs.

Let him sett up shop on Goodwins sands.

If it were not for hope the heart would break.

Must I tell you a tale, and find you ears?

There was no more water then the ship drew.

He hath not a peny to bless him.

He looks like a Bull that hath beshit the fair.

Tis easie to cry Ule at other mens cost.

He hath a flea in his ear.

He would fain flee, but he wants feathers.

She is naught I warrant her.

Page  15When you have told your cards you will find you have gaind but little.

Who hath a scold hath sorrow to his sopps.

'Tis the fairest flower in your garden.

He hath played wily beguile with me.

Mum is Counsel; viz. Silence.

A Merchant of Eel-skins.

In three words she is at the roof of the house.

In trust is treason.

'Tis folly to spurn against pricks.

Better sitt still, then rise and fall.

To make havock, and set cock on the hoop.

'Tis folly to strive against the stream.

An honest plain man without pleets.

No fire witbout smoak.

Fields have eyes, and woods have ears.

Out of sight, out of mind.

I love his little finger more then thy whole body.

His toung is like a Lambs tail, or the clack of a Mill.

You harp still on one string.

I know him as well as the begga knoweth his dish.

Catch that catch may.

The weaker goes to the pot.

As meet as a Sow to bear a saddle.

When bale is hekst, boot is next.

To pick a pockt, is the way to Newgate.

Fast bind, fast find.

The bird is flown.

Better to have, then to wish.

The loth stake stands long.

Strike while the iron is hot.

He waits for Moon-shine in the water.

Who never climbd never fell.

He comes with his five Eggs a penny.

Once a whore, and ever a whore.

Provide for the worst, the best will save it self.

Who shall tie the bell about the cats neck?

Folly to spurn against the wall.

Use makes mastery.

Be as be may, is no banning.

Toss'd from post to pillory.

Poverty parts fellowshipp.

The beggar is never out of his way.

God is where he was.

I have the bent of his bow.

All the fatt is in the fire.

She thinketh her farthing good silver.

He shall sink in his own sin.

She is as tender as a Parsons Leman.

A mans spirits being very dull,

Are easily rais'd by Cunny-wooll.

The Devil danceth in a womans placket.

A drunken man seldom catcheth harm.

There is no mischief in the world done,

But that a woman is alwayes one.

Womens words are but wind.

Tell a tale to a Mare and she will let a fart.

He will ly as fast as a nagg will trott.

His provender pricks him.

Weddings are made in Heaven.

Of two evils the least is to be chosen.

As they brew, so let them bake.

As the bell tinketh, the fool thinketh.

Take time when time cometh.

Time and Tide will stay no mans leisure.

Foure farthings and a thimble,

Will make a Taylors pocket jingle.

Whipp saith the Taylor, whir saith the shears,

Take a true Taylor and cutt off his ears.

A Miller, a Man, a Thief and a Cuckold.

He a Man? he a Mouse.

If you will not, another will.

Ile sitt on your skirts.

You begg breeches of a bare-ars'd man.

Who goes worse shod then the shooemakers wife,

And worse cladd, then the Taylors wife?

He goes as a Bear to the stake.

If Fortune favour, I may have her, for I go about her;

If Fortune fail, you may kiss her tail, and go without her.

An unbidden guest must bring his stool with him.

When drink's in the witt's out.

He is a fool, and ever shall,

That writes his name upon the wall.

Children and fools speak truth.

You gape for Gudgeons.

Cast an old shooe after him.

The rough nett is not the best catcher of Birds.

Fire in one hand, and water in tother.

He blows hot and cold.

You tell tales out of School.

He playes with a staff of two ends.

He may be gott by an Apple, and lost by a Nutt.

Come up to my shoulder, and shite in my neck.

Leave these flimflams and be earnest.

To stand to his promise is to hold an Eel by the tail.

He is neither fish, nor flesh, nor good red herring.

Lovers live by love, as Larks do by Leaks.

She looks as if butter would not melt in her mouth.

A Wolf in a Lambs skin.

As quiet as a Lamb.

As innocent as a Dove.

As fierce as a Lion.

As outragious as a Bull.

He is a fool that kisseth the Mayd, when he may kiss the Mistresse.

Love me little, love me long.

You shall have as much favour as at Billinsgate for a box on the ear.

Well begun is half done.

God send you more witt, and me more money.

We burn day-light.

A Goshawk scorns to beat a Bunting.

We are all in the same predicament.

He blusheth like a black dogg.

He will go to Law for a straw.

The dosnell dawcock comes dropping in among the Doctors.

His toung runs at random.

Such a reason pist my Goose.

You speak like a Pothecary, viz. Ignorantly.

He was ore shooes at first stepp.

Page  16So the butcher look'd for his knife when it was in his mouth.

Rancor sticketh long by the ribs.

When sorrow's asleep wake it not.

Many stroaks fell down strong Oaks.

The hindmost hound may catch the hare.

The businesse mendeth as sowre Ale in Summer.

I care as little for it, as a Goose-turd for the Thames.

Spend and be free, but make no waste.

She is as quiet as a wasp in ones nose.

A Scotch mist wetteth an Englishman to the skin.

He knoweth not a B. from a battledoor.

You are a right Englishman, you cannot tell when you are well.

As like him as if he had been spitt out of his mouth.

The Vicar of fools is his ghostly father.

You seek a brack where the hedge is whole.

Who commendeth himself, wanteth good neigh∣bours.

You will make a horn as soon of an Apes tail.

Lack of looking maketh Cobwebbs in a boyes tail.

Go meddle with your old shooes.

To leave boyes play, and go to blow point.

I am not like a dogg that cometh at every ones whisling.

You putt a silly soul to be a keeper for the devils good grace.

He carrieth all his wardrobe about him.

Strike home when the iron's hot.

It melteth like butter in a Sowes arse.

He is mealy-mouth'd, he will creep into your bo∣some.

There goeth but a pair of shears betwixt them.

He spake of a Fox, but when all came to all, it was but a Fernbrake.

Teach your Grany to groap her Goose.

I know what I do when I drink.

Catt after kind.

A Hare and a Mare go one year; viz. Nine the one, and three the other.

Too much learning maketh men madd.

A clout is better then a hole.

Sweet meats will have sower sauce.

A young serving-man an old beggar.

Words cut deeper then swords.

Manners make a man, quoth William of Wickham; Who had been Bishop of Winchester.

A liccorish toung, a lecherous tail.

He hath plaid the Iack with me; viz. He hath not dealt well.

Saint Matthias, both leaf and grasse.

David and Chad sow good and bad; viz. The first and secod of March.

'Twill make you scratch, where it doth not itch.

Lett May come early or come late,

Yet it will make the Cow to quake.

I think thou wast born at Hoggs-Norton, where piggs play upon the Organs.

If frot in March, there will be some in May.

Better fedd then taught.

If dreams and wishes had been true, there had been found a Mayd since the Virgin Mary to make a Nunn of.

Ther's no more pitty to be taken of a woman weep∣ing then of a Goose going bare-foot.

Some have the happ, and others sticke in the gapp.

You must not go, but gawe.

Give losers leave to speak.

If I be hang'd Ile chuse my gallowes.

A smiling boy seldom good servant.

The Devil is good to some body.

To a red man reade thy reade,
With a brown man break thy bread;
At a pale man draw thy knife,
From a black man keep thy wife.

Give me the Mayd that went to bed to her Master to keep him warm; A Proverb in Beverley.

Wer't not for hope, the heart would break.

Fidlers fare, meat, drink, and money.

As warm as Wool.

As cold as Charity.

As comfortable as Matrimony.

Colchester Oysters, Salzey Cockles, Rye Herrings, Severn Salmon.

Let every Sack stand upon its own bottom.

Happy man be thy dole.

Even reckoning maketh long friends.

At Christmas great loafs, at Easter clean souls, and at Whitsontide new clothes.

When Christ falleth in our Ladies lapp,
Then lett England look for a clapp.
When the Cuckow sitteth on a dry thorn,
Sell thy Cow, and sow thy Corn.

'Tis a good body, she wanteth but a new pair of sleeves.

'Tis safe riding in a good Haven.

What? must I tell you a tale, and find you ears too?

Ile go no more on your sleevelesse errands.

Nothing have nothing crave.

Kissing goeth by favor.

You begg a breech of a bare-arsed man.

God help the rich, the poor can begg.

The rough nett not best to catch Birds.

He speaketh as if he would creep into ones mouth.

He is neither fish, nor flesh, nor good red Her∣ring.

For all your Kindred, make much of your Friends.

Better fedd then taught.

A young Saint, an old Devil.

Little knoweth the fatt Sow what the lean think∣eth.

Leave her on a ley, and lett the Devil flitt her; A Lincolnshire Proverb spoken of a scolding wife; viz. Tye her to a Plow-ridge, and lett the Devill remove her to a better Pasture.

Cold weather, and crafty knaves, come from the North.

A little House well fill'd,
A little Land well till'd,

And a little Wife well will'd, make one happy.

Page  17She looketh as if Butter would nor melt in her mouth.

We have fish'd all night and catch'd a Frogg.

He is not worthy to carry gutts to a Bear,

He hath more in his little finger then the other hath in all his whole body.

The more the merrier, the fewer the better cheer.

Peny wise and pound foolish.

A Knight of Cales, and a Gentleman of Wales,

And a Squire of the North Countrey;

A Yeoan of Kent, with his yearly rent,

Will buy them together three.

Fidlers fare, meat, drink and money.

The Nun of Sion with the Frier of Shean,

Went under the water to play the quean.

After a Coller comes a halter, quoth the Tanner of Tamworth, when Henry the Fourth called for a coller to make him a Squire.

My friend keep money in thy purse; 'Tis one of So∣lomons Proverbs said one; another answering that he thought 'twas not there, if it be not, replied Kitt Lancaster, it should have been, for it is as good as any he hath.

Provide for the worst, the best will save it self.

The tapp's a thief.

He cannot say boe to a Goose.

Coblers and Tinkers are the best Ale-drinkers.

Winters thunder and Summers flood,

Never boded Englishman good.

He hath brought a noble to nine pence.

Who marrieth a widdow hath a deaths head often in his dish.

Keep thy shopp, and thy shopp will keep thee.

Lett Uterpendragon do what he can,
Eden will run the same way it ran;

A River in Westmerland, which Uterpendragon thought to bring about Pendragon Castle.

He giveth twice that giveth in a trice.

Good words without deeds,
Are rushes and reeds.

Little avails wealth, where there is no health.

To day a Man, to morrow none.

Good witts commonly jump.

A Man of gladnesse, seldome falleth into mad∣nesse.

Make ab or warp of the businesse as soon as you can; A metaphor taken from weavers.

The Devil wipeth his arse with the poore mans pride.

Ile quickly make a shaft or a bolt of it.

VVho draweth his sword against his Prince, must throw away the scabbard.

The rath sower never borroweth of the late.

Salisbury Plain, is seldome without a theef or twain.

The furthest way about is the nearest way home.

'Tis ill spurring a free horse.

It is pitie to part three things, the Lawyer and his Client, the Physician and his Patient, and a pot of good Ale and a toast.

Stoln goods seem sweet, but take heed of after-clapps.

Crush the Cocatrice in the shell.

Use maketh mastery.

His toung is like a Lambs tail, or the clack of a Mill.

Possession is eleven points of the Law.

Diversity of humors breedeth tumors.

He that bulls the Cow, must keep the Calf; A Proverb used in the Common Law of England.

Pater Noster built Churches, and Our Father pull'd them down.

'Tis but one Doctors Opinion.

At latter Lammas when men shear their Calfs.

I have gott it ore the left shoulder.

The higher the tree the sweeter the plumb,
The better the shooe, the blacker the thumb.

If it be not true, here's my elbow.

The case is alter'd quoth Ploydon; A Lawyer of that name, who being asked by a nighbour of his what remedy there was in Law against same hoggs that trespassed his ground, he answered, he might have very good remedy; but the other replying, that they were his hoggs, nay then, the case is al∣ter'd said Ploydon.

In three words she is at the roof of the house.

I love his little finger more then thy whole bo∣dy.

Go teach your Grandam to sard; A Nottingham Proverb.

Ungitt, unblessed.

VVhat, shall we starve in a Cooks shopp, and a shoulder of mutton by?

All is well when the Mistresse smiles.

Coats change with Countreyes.

Stretching and yawning leadeth to bed.

Home is home, though ne're so homely.

Search not too curiously lest you find trouble.

He who will an old wife wedd,
Lett him eat a cold apple when he goeth to bedd.

You will never make a good whistle on a piggs tail.

To robb Peter to pay Paul.

Lett every Pedler carry his own burden.

'Tis the fairest flower in your garden.

Mum is Counsel; viz. Silence.

Lett every tubb stand upon his own bottom.

Speak the truth and shame the Devil.

Be it for better or for worse,
Follow him that bears the purse.

As sure as a Juglers box.

He speaketh like a mouse in a cheese.

As white as the driven snow.

VVho goes a borrowing goeth a sorrowing.

Change is no robbery.

You teach your father how to get children.

You are come in pudding-time, viz. Seasonably.

I cry you mercy, I took you for a joint stool.

VVo robs a Schollar robs twenty men.

He beareth the bell.

As learned as Doctor Doddipoll.

There I caught a knave in a purse-nett.

It smells of elbow-grease.

Lett me spitt in thy mouth.

He carrieth two faces under one hood.

Better belly burst then good drink lost.

Page  18Sorrow is good for nothing but sin.

The second blow maketh the fray.

Every one hath a fool in his sleeve.

Better a fool then a knave.

As they brew, so let them bake.

He smiles like a Brewers horse.

Of two evils the least is to be chosen.

The difference twixt the poor man and the rich, is, that the one walketh to gett meat for his stomack, the other to get a stomack to his meat.

Wear the inside of thy stockins outward to scare the witches.

A black shooe maketh a merry heart.

He who hath eaten of a Bear-pye, will alwaies smell of the Garden.

Suton wall, and Kenchester Hill,

Are able to buy London were it to sell.

VVitt whither wilt thou?

Ill gotten, ill spent.

Enough is as good as a feast.

Love me little love me long.

VVin Gold and wear it.

VVho that may not as they would, must will as they may.

His cake is become dough, or his nose is put out of joynt.

The Devil and Iohn of Cumberland.

As plain as a Pike-staff.

As rough as a Tinkers budgett.

As clear as the Sun at noon-tide.

Two words to a bargain.

Friends must part quoth Luce, when her leggs were laid open.

A fatt soyl good for the Bider, bad for the Rider.

He that shiteth more then he eateth is in danger of bursting.

Then we shall have it quoth Iudy when her smock was up.

Cleanly quoth Catchole when he wip't his arse with his elbow.

He who but once a good name getts,
May pisse a bed, and say he sweats.
When all is gone and nothing left,
What avails the dagger with the dudgeon heft?

A Jaylors conscience and his fetters made both of one mettle.

Who sweareth when he playeth at Dice,

May challenge his damnation by way of pur∣chase.

Wife and children are bills of charges.

The wholsomest way to gett a good stomach is to walk on thy own ground.

Many great men so ignorant, that they know not their own fathers.

Money is that which Art hath turned up trump.

An Usurer is one that tormenteth men for their good Conditions; viz. The Conditions of their Bonds.

A Prisoner, though a shop-keeper cannot call him∣self a Freeman.

An Usurer is one that putteth his money to the un∣naturall Act of Generation, and the Scrivener is his Bawd.

'Tis better ro be stung by a Nettle, then prickt by a Rose; viz. To be wrongd by a foe, then a friend.

You may as soon hold water in a Sive.

Make not thy tail broader then thy wings; viz. Keep not too many attendants.

A true friend should be like a Privie, open in time of necessity.

A cutt-purse is a sure trade, for he hath ready mo∣ney when his work is done.

Though the old man cannot live long, yet the young man may dy quickly.

VVho weddeth ere he be wise, shall die ere he thrive.

Make not thy friend too cheap to thee, nor thy self too dear to him.

VVhere wine is not common, commons must be sent.

VVithout hope the heart would break.

Barbers are Correctors of capitall crimes.

A Drunkard is doubly divorced from himself, for when he is got sober, he is scarce his own man, and being in drink, he cometh short by many degrees.

The furthest way about is sometimes the nearest way home.

Haberdehoy, half a man and half a boy.

The greatest Clerks are not alwayes the learnedst men.

There is no fishing to the Sea, nor service to the Kings.

As sure as Check.

A Friend in Court, is better then a penny in purse.

Plain dealing is a jewell, and he that useth it shall die a beggar.

Give a shoulder of mutton to a sick horse.

'Tis ill healing of an old sore.

Well fare nothing once a year; For then he is not subject to plundring.

Seldome cometh a better; Meant of wife or Govern∣ments.

As weak as Water.

As strong as Mustard.

As bitter as Gall.

Two heads are better then one.

A Cow may catch a Hare.

Talk not too much of State-affairs.

If dreams and wishes were true, there would hard∣ly be found a Mayd in all the Nunneries of Chri∣stendom.

She is loose in the hilts; viz. A wagg-tail or light woman.

Bauds and Attorneyes like andyrons, the one holds the sticks, the other their Clients till they con∣sume.

Who expounds Scripture upon his own warrant, layeth together hot brands with his fingers.

A covetous man like a dogg in a wheel, that roast∣eth meat for others.

Souldiers are good Antiquaries in keeping the old fashion, for the first bedd was the bare ground.

The Bragger pisseth more then he drinketh.

Two may keep counsel when one is away.

Page  19He that hath many friends eateth too much salt with his meat.

Patience perforce, is a medicin for a mad horse.

Speak faire and think what you will.

He must rise betimes that will cozen the De∣vill.

Spend and God will send; viz. A bagg, and a wallet.

Puff not against the wind.

The wind bloweth where it listeth.

Shame take him that shame thinketh.

He looketh like a Hogg in armour.

The wholesomest meat is at another mans cost.

Shamefull craving must have shameful nay.

When the winde is in the East,
It is good for neither Man nor Beast.

It will not out of the flesh, that is bred in the bone.

Prove thy friend ere thou have need.

Of sufferance cometh ease.

Understanding and Reason cannot conclude out of mood and figure.

The Cock crowes, but the Hen goes.

Need maketh the old wife trott.

He capers like a flie in a tar-box.

Never pleasure without repentance.

Youth and Age will not agree.

No man loveth his fetters, be they made of gold.

A strumpet with child, like one prickt in a hedge, and cannot tell which thorn it was.

As loud as a horn,
And as sharp as a thorn.

Of little medling cometh great ease.

Through Peace cometh Plenty.

Riches like muck which stinks in a heap, But spread abroad, maketh the Earth fruitful.

A rich Citizens daughter marrying a Noble man, is like a black-pudding, the one bringeth blood, the other sewitt.

A new Office, like a new Garment,

Strait at first putting on.

Love like a wife and child.

Riches are but the baggage of Fortune.

Men fear death as children do to go to the dark.

Stay a little that we may make an end the sooner.

Many can pack the cards, yet cannot play well; viz. Witty men seldom wise.

Choose thy Friends like thy Books, few, but choice.

Ther's a Devill in every berry of the Grape; A Turkish Proverb.

A lye stands on one legg, but Truth upon two; A Iewish Proverb.

Shoot the second shaft, and perhaps thou maist find again the first.

Who goeth to School to himself, may find a fool to his master.

Change is no robbery.

Knaves and whores go by the clock.

The most essentiall part of a wise man is, not to open all the boxes of his brest.

Pains is the price, that God putterh upon all things.

Lett him chomp upon the bitt, and think on it.

Proverbs used at Dice, very frequent among the Western Inn-keepers.

TWelve quoth Twatt when it rung noon.

Am's ace, Ambling Annes, and trotting Ioan.

Size deux; Si Deus nobiscum, quis contra nos?

Sice cinque, When a Queen shites, she needs must stinke.

Quatre tray, Katherine Gray.

Tray deux ace, Passage cometh apace.

Two sixes, Black is my hole quoth Nan Bent∣ley.

Foure and five, Whom Fortune favoureth he will thrive.

Cinque tray, Some stood, and some ran away.

Two fives, Two thiefs besides the caster.

Six foure, We shall be all merry within this houre.

Six three, Six Trees will make two pair of Gal∣lowes.

Cinque tray, Some fought, and some run away.

Foul in the craddle, clean in the saddle.

Serve God in thy Calling, 'tis better then praying; viz. This is meant of foolish impertinent Ze∣lotts.

The fairest Rose endeth in a hep; viz. all beauties perish.

Honour bought is Temporal Simony.

What's well done is ever done.

The holy man of God will be better with his bowes and arrowes about him; An Irish Prverb.

VVave a wife with no fault, and take one with two; A British Proverb.

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Topicall and Temporall PROVERBS, RELATING To particular Places, Seasons, and Persons put together.

LEtt Uter Pendragon doe what he can,
Eden will run the same way she ran;

A River in Westmerland, which Uter Pen∣dragon thought to bring about Pendragon Ca∣stle, but could not force nature; Naturam expellas furcâ licèt.

Wotten under Wever, where God was never; A black squalid place neere Moreland in Staffordshire.

In April, Doves-flood, is worth a Kings good; A River in Staffordshire.

You may sip up the Severn, and swallow Mavern as soon; meant of impossibilities.

Scarborough warning; viz. Not till danger knock at the door, as it once happened there from the French.

Archdeacon Pratt would eat no fatt,

His wife would eat no lean;

Twixt Archdeacon Pratt, and Ioan his wife,

The meat was eat up clean.

Rain, rain go to Spain,

Fair weather come again.

At Witson poke Munday, when peeple shear hogs; viz. Never.

Like Banbury Tinkers, who in stopping one hole, make two; Meant of those that marr a business in mending it.

Barnaby bright, the longest day and shortest night.

Backare, quoth Mortimer to his sow.

There be more Mayds in the world then Malkin.

As old as Pendle Hill; In Lancashire where the wit∣ches use to be.

From Hull, Hell, and Hallifax, good Lord deli∣ver us.

As wise as VValthams Calf, who went nine miles to suck a Bull, and came back more thirstie then when he went.

Ioan in the dark is as good as my Lady.

A man in words and not in deeds,
Is like a Garden full of weeds.

Badger-like, one legg shorter then another.

They scold like so many butter-whores, or Oyster-women at Billinsgate.

In time of prosperity friends will be plenty,
In time of adversity not one amongst twenty.

The Dutchman drinketh pure wine in the morning, at noon wine without water, in the evening as it comes from the Butt.

Nick would wipe his nose if he had one.

Some places of Kent have health and no wealth, some wealth and no health, some health and wealth, some have neither health nor wealth.

A Burford bait; viz. VVhen one sipps or drinks but part, they still fill his cupp untill he drinketh all.

Drink off your drink and steal no Lambs.

As craftie as a Kendale Fox.

They thrive as New-Colledge Students, who are golden Schollers, silver Batchelors, and leaden Masters.

As fierce as a Lion of Cotshwold; viz. A sheep.

Go digg at Mavorn hill; Spoken of one whose wife wears the breeches.

God sends meat and the Devil sends Cooks.

After meat comes mustard.

Hunger is the best sawce.

Cato never laughed but once, and that was when he saw an Asse eat Thistles; being laden with gold.

Go ride upon Saint Leonards saddle; A speech used to be spoken to a barren woman; this saddle was kept at Bromley (in Essex.)

VVebley Ale, Medley Bells, Lemster Ore; three things in Herefordshire, which are the best in that kind.

An Ague in the Spring, is Physick for a King.

A bushell of March dust, is worth a Kings ran∣some.

As plain as the nose of a mans face.

Easter so long'd for is gone in a day.

Winter thunder is Summers wonder.

After a storm cometh a calm.

VVide quoth Bolton when his bolt flew back∣ward.

He shooteth well that hitts the mark.

Bait me an ace quoth Bolton.

Sutton wall, and Kenchister, are able to buy London were it to sell; Two fruitfull places in Hereford∣shire.

The Devil and Iohn of Cumber.

Page  21Blessed be Saint Stephen, ther's no fast at his Even; Because 'tis Christmas night.

In Lincolnshire, the Sow shites sope, the Cow shites fire; For they wash with the one, and make fire with the other.

Every thing hath an end, and a pudding hath two.

It would vex a Dogg to see a pudding creep.

The vale of Holmesdale, never won, nor never shall; Holmesdale is near Rigat in Surrey.

Little England beyond VVales; Pembrokeshire more then half inhabited by the English.

Lemster wooll, and Monmouth capps.

Find me an honest man Trent Northward, and I will find you an honest whore.

Solomon was a wise man, and Sampson was a strong man, yet neither of them could pay money be∣fore they had it.

Lay thy hand on thy heart, and speak the truth.

Look behind thee, and consider what thou wast.

Let God be true, and all men liars.

Do as you would be done unto.

A cold May and a windy, makes a fat barn and findy.

Manners make a man, quoth VVilliam of Wicke∣ham.

A soft fire maketh sweet malt.

You may know his meaning by his gaping.

Souldiers and travellers may lye by authority.

The smoak of Charren; A Proverb relating to a wife who had beat her husband, and he going out weep∣ing, said it was for the smoake that his eyes wa∣tered.

He that hath it and will not keep it,

He that wanteth it and will not seek it,

He that drinketh and is not dry,

Shall want money as well as I.

If one knew how good it were

To eat a hen in Ianivere,

He would not leave one in the flock,
For to be trodden by the Cock.

Of all the Fish in the Sea, Herring is the King.

The Nun of Sion, with the Frier of Shean,

VVent under water to play the Quean.

If Skiddaw wears a capp,

Scruffel wots full well of that; viz. If it be cloudy. Skiddaw, and Scruffel are in Cumberland, and Anandell.

Skiddaw, Lauellin, and Casticand, are the highest hills in all England; All in Cumberland.

A Sheriff had he bin, and a Contour,

VVas no where such a Vavasour; An old said saw of that Family.

The jowl of a Salmon, the tail of a Tench;
The back of a Herring, the belly of a VVench.
VVere I near my Castle of Bungey,
Upon the River of VVavenley,
I would ne care for the King of Cockeney.

Hugh Bigod in Henry the seconds time; these places are in Suffolk.

It shall be done when the King cometh to VVogan, a little Village; viz. An impossibility.

Cheshire chief of men, Lancashire for fair women.

Iudas might have repented before he could have found a tree to have hang'd himself upon, had he betraid Christ in Scotland.

Essex Calfs, Kentish Long-tails, Yorkshire Tikes, Norfolk Bumkins.

VVho fetcheth a wife from Dunmow,

Carrieth home two sides of a Sow.

Madame Parnell, crack the nut and eat the kernel; This alludes to labor.

When Gabriel blowes his horn, then this questi∣on will be decided; viz. Never.

As plain as Dunstable High-way.

Ile warrant thee for an Egg at Easter.

Brave man at arms, but weak to Balthazar.

You are as wise as the men of Gotham, who went to build a wall about the Wood to keep out the Cuckow.

This Tohacco grew under the King of Spains win∣dow, and the Queen piss'd upon't.

Pauls will not alwayes stand.

Where the Great Turks horse once treads, the grass will never grow.

As just as Iermans lipps.

Gipp quoth Gilbert when his mare farted.

Coll under candlestick, he can play with both hands.

Crack me that nutt quoth Bumsted.

Cold weather and craftie knaves come from the North.

At Christmas great loafs, at Easter clean souls, and at Whitsontide new clothes.

Bricklesey Oysters, Selzey Cockles, Rye Herrings, Severn Sammon.

I care as little for it as a Goose-turd doth for the Thames.

You are a right Englishman, you know not when you are well.

David and Chad sow good or bad.

Saint Matthias both leaf and grasse.

I think she was bred at Hoggsnorton, where piggs play on the Organs.

Mock not quoth Mumford when his wife call'd him Cuckold.

Oxford knifes, London wives.

Dunmow bacon, Doncaster daggers.

Happy is the eye, that dwelleth twixt Severn and the Wye.

A Scott's mist wetteth an Englishman to the skinne.

Every one cannot dwell at Rotheras; A delicate seat of the Bodmans in Herefordshire.

He will live as long as old Russe of Pottern, who lived till all the world was weary of him.

Grayes Inn for walks, Lincoln's Inn for a wall,

The Inner Temple for a Garden, and the Middle for a Hall.

Hinkeson Down welly wrought, is worth London town dearly bought; because of the Tinn-mines.

Strand on the Green, thirteen houses, fourteen Cuck∣olds, and never a house between; For the father and son lay in one house.

Dabb quoth Dawkins when he hitt his wife on the arse with a pound of butter.

Three ills come from the North, a cold wind, a sleazy cloth, and a crafty man.

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SOME OF OLD JOHN HEIVVOODS RHIMES, Which run for the most part in PROVERBS & ADAGES of old Ferne yeers.

Touching Mariage and against too much haste that way.

THe best or worst thing to Man for this Life,
Is good or ill choosing his good or ill Wife;
Some things that provoke young men to wedd in haste,
Shew after wedding, that haste makes waste.
When time hath turn'd white sugar to vvhite salt,
Then such folk see, soft fire makes sweet malt.
And that deliberation doth Men assist
Before they wedd, to beware of had I wist:
And then their timely wedding doth soon appear
That they were early up but nere the neer;
For when their hasty heat's a little controll'd
Then perceive they well, hott love's soon cold,
And when hasty wittlesse mirth is mated weele,
Good to be merrie and wise, they think and feel.
Hast in wedding some man thinketh his own avail
When it proves at last a rod for his own tail.
In lesse things then weddings hast showeth hast mans foe.
So that the hastie Man never wants woe.
And though some seem wifes for you be never so fitt,
Yet lett not harmfull hast so farre outrun your witt,
For in all or most things we wish at need
In our carriage oft-times, the more haste the less speed:
Thus by these Lessons you may learn good cheape,
In wedding, and in all things else to looke ere you leape.

A young Mans Answer.

HE that will not when he may,
When he would he shall have nay.
I am proferr'd fair, then hast must provoke
When the Pigg is profer'd to hold up the poke;
Page  23When the Sun shines make hay, which is to say,
Take time when time cometh, lest time steal away,
And one good Lesson to this purpose I pike
From the Smiths forge, when th' iron's hott strike.
The sure Sea-man seeth, the tyde tarrieth no man,
Delay in the Lover, is death to the woman.
Time is tickle, and out of sight out of mind,
Then catch and hold while thou mayest, fast binde, fast finde.
Blame me not to hast for fear mine eye be blerde,
And thereby the fatt clean flitt from my bearde;
Where wooers hopp in and out long time may bring
Him that hoppeth best at last to have the ring,
I hopping without for a ring of Rush.
And while I at length debate, and beat the bush,
There shall stepp in other men, and catch the Burds,
Which I by long time lost in many vain wurds.
Between fear and hope, sloth may me confound,
While twixt twoo stools the taile goes to the ground;
By this since we see sloth must breed a stab,
Ile venture my fortune, and come hab or nab,
And I hope that none shall my fortune condole,
Come what come will, happie man, happie dole;
We know right well wedding is Destinie,
And hanging likewise, we cannot them fly.
Thus all your Proverbs inveighing against hast,
Be answer'd with Proverbs plain, and promptly plac'd,

The Complaint of one who had a Shrow to his Wife.

OH, what choyce may compare to the Devils life
Like his, that hath chosen a Devil for his wife,
Namely, such an old Witch, such a mackabroyne
As ever more like a Hogg hangeth the groyne
On her Husband, except he be her slave,
And follow all Fancies that she would have!
But the Proverb's true, ther's no good accord,
Where everie man would be a Lord.
Before I was wedded, and since, I made reckning
To make my wife bow at every beckning,
Batchlers boast how they will teach their wifes good,
But many a man speaketh of Robin Hood
Page  24That never shot in his bow; but now I begin to gather,
Everie one can rule a shrew save he who hath her.
It is said of old, an old dog biteth sore,
But the old Bitch biteth sorer, and more.
But this is not all, she hath another blisse,
She will lie as fast as a dog will lick a dish,
She is of truth as false as God is true.
She's damnably jealous, for if she chance view
Me kissing my Maydes alone but in sport
That taketh she in earnest after Bedlams sort.
The Cow is wood, Her toung runneth on Pattens,
If it be morn we have a pair of Mattens,
If it be Evening Even-song, not Latine nor Greek,
But English, and like that as in Easter week,
She beginneth first with a cry a leysone
To which she ring'th a peal, or larom, such a one
As folks ring the Bees with basons, the world run'th on wheels,
But except her Mayd shew a fair pair of heels
She haleth her by the boyrope till her brains ake.
And bring I home a dish good chear to make,
What's this saith she? good meat say I, for you,
God a mercy horse, a pigg of my own Sow;
And commonly if I eat with her either flesh or fish,
I have a dead mans head cast into my dish;
She is as wholsome a morsell for a mans corse
As a shoulder of mutton is for a sick horse,
The devill with his dam, hath more rest in Hell,
At every one of her teeth there hangs a great bell.
A small thing amisse late I did espie
Which to make her mend by a jest merrily
I said but this, tantivet Wife your nose dropps,
So it may fall I will eat no browesse sopps
This day, but two dayes after this came in ure
I had sorrow to my sopps enough be sure,
This hath been her humor long and evermore
Now, it is ill healing of an old sore.
For the Proverb saith many years agone,
It will nere out of the flesh that's bred in the bone.
If any Husband but I were handled thus
They would give her many a recumbentibus;
But as well as I you know the saying, I think
The more you stir a turd, the worse it will stink.