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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
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John Heywood. (1497?–1580?) (continued)
 
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    It is a foule byrd that fyleth his owne nest. 1
          Proverbes. Part ii. Chap. v.
177
    Have yee him on the hip. 2
          Proverbes. Part ii. Chap. v.
178
    Hee must have a long spoone, shall eat with the devill. 3
          Proverbes. Part ii. Chap. v.
179
    It had need to bee
A wylie mouse that should breed in the cats eare. 4
          Proverbes. Part ii. Chap. v.
180
    Leape out of the frying pan into the fyre. 5
          Proverbes. Part ii. Chap. v.
181
    Time trieth troth in every doubt. 6
          Proverbes. Part ii. Chap. v.
182
    Mad as a march hare. 7
          Proverbes. Part ii. Chap. v.
183
    Much water goeth by the mill
That the miller knoweth not of. 8
          Proverbes. Part ii. Chap. v.
184
    He must needes goe whom the devill doth drive. 9
          Proverbes. Part ii. Chap. vii.
185
    Set the cart before the horse. 10
          Proverbes. Part ii. Chap. vii.
 
Note 1.
See Skelton, Quotation 7. [back]
Note 2.
I have thee on the hip.—William Shakespeare: Merchant of Venice, act iv. sc. 1; Othello, act ii. sc. 7. [back]
Note 3.
See Chaucer, Quotation 35. [back]
Note 4.
A hardy mouse that is bold to breede
In cattis eeris.
Order of Foles. MS. circa 1450. [back]
Note 5.
The same in Don Quixote (Lockhart’s ed.), part i. book iii. chap. iv. John Bunyan: Pilgrim’s Progress. John Fletcher: The Wild-Goose Chase, act iv. sc. 3. [back]
Note 6.
Time trieth truth.—Tottel’s Miscellany, reprint 1867, p. 221.

Time tries the troth in everything.—Thomas Tusser: Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandry. Author’s Epistle, chap. i. [back]
Note 7.
I saye, thou madde March hare.—John Skelton: Replycation against certayne yong scolers. [back]
Note 8.
More water glideth by the mill
Than wots the miller of.
William Shakespeare: Titus Andronicus, act ii. sc. 7. [back]
Note 9.
An earlier instance of this proverb occurs in Heywood’s Johan the Husbande. 1533.

He must needs go whom the devil drives.—William Shakespeare: All ’s Well that Ends Well, act i. sc. 3. Cervantes: Don Quixote, part i. book iv. chap. iv. Gosson: Ephemerides of Phialo. George Peele: Edward I. [back]
Note 10.
Others set carts before the horses.—Francis Rabelais: book v. chap. xxii. [back]
 

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