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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
Thomas Tusser. (c. 1515–1580)
 
 
1
    God sendeth and giveth both mouth and the meat. 1
          Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandry.
2
    Except wind stands as never it stood,
It is an ill wind turns none to good.
          A Description of the Properties of Wind.
3
    At Christmas play and make good cheer,
For Christmas comes but once a year.
          The Farmer’s Daily Diet.
4
    Such mistress, such Nan,
Such master, such man. 2
          April’s Abstract.
5
    Who goeth a borrowing
Goeth a sorrowing.
          June’s Abstract.
6
    ’T is merry in hall
Where beards wag all. 3
          August’s Abstract.
7
    Naught venture naught have. 4
          October’s Abstract.
8
    Dry sun, dry wind;
Safe bind, safe find. 5
          Washing.
 
Note 1.
God sends meat, and the Devil sends cooks.—John Taylor: Works, vol. ii. p. 85 (1630). Ray: Proverbs. David Garrick: Epigram on Goldsmith’s Retaliation. [back]
Note 2.
On the authority of M. Cimber, of the Bibliothèque Royale, we owe this proverb to Chevalier Bayard: “Tel maître, tel valet.” [back]
Note 3.
Merry swithe it is in halle,
When the beards waveth alle.
Life of Alexander, 1312.

This has been wrongly attributed to Adam Davie. There the line runs,—
Swithe mury hit is in halle,
When burdes waiven alle. [back]
Note 4.
See Heywood, Quotation 74. [back]
Note 5.
See Heywood, Quotation 14. William Shakespeare: Merchant of Venice, act ii. sc. 5. [back]
 

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