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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:19
AUTHOR:Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1340–1400)
QUOTATION:That field hath eyen, and the wood hath ears. 1
ATTRIBUTION:Canterbury Tales. The Knightes Tale. Line 1524.
 
Note 1.
Fieldes have eies and woodes have eares.—John Heywood: Proverbes, part ii. chap. v.

Wode has erys, felde has sigt.—King Edward and the Shepherd, MS. Circa 1300.

Walls have ears.—Hazlitt: English Proverbs, etc. (ed. 1869) p. 446. [back]
 

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