Note 1. This expression is of much greater antiquity. It appears in the Chronicle of Battel Abbey, p. 27 (Lowers translation), and in The Vision of Piers Ploughman, line 13994. ed. 1550.
A mans heart deviseth his way; but the Lord directeth his steps.Proverbs xvi. 9. [back]
Note 2. Out of syght, out of mynd.Googe: Eglogs. 1563.
And out of mind as soon as out of sight. Lord Brooke: Sonnet lvi.
Fer from eze, fer from herte, Quoth Hendyng. Hendyng: Proverbs, MSS. Circa 1320.
I do perceive that the old proverbis be not alwaies trew, for I do finde that the absence of my Nath. doth breede in me the more continuall remembrance of him.Anne Lady Bacon to Jane Lady Cornwallis, 1613.
On page 19 of The Private Correspondence of Lady Cornwallis, Sir Nathaniel Bacon speaks of the owlde proverbe, Out of sighte, out of mynde. [back]