Hoyt & Roberts, comps. Hoyts New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations. 1922.
I am but mad north-north-west: when the wind is southerly, I know a hawk from a handsaw. Hamlet. Act II. Sc. 2. L. 395. (Handsaw is given by Malone, Collier, Dyce, Clark and Wright. Others give hernshaw. The corruption was proverbial in Shakespeares time.)
No marvel, an it like your majesty, My lord protectors hawks do tower so well; They know their master loves to be aloft And bears his thoughts above his falcons pitch. Henry VI. Pt. II. Act II. Sc. 1. L. 9.
Non rete accipitri tenditur, neque miluo, Qui male faciunt nobis: illis qui nihil faciunt tenditur. The nets not stretched to catch the hawk, Or kite, who do us wrong; but laid for those Who do us none at all. TerencePhormio. Act II. Sc. 2. L. 16. Colmans trans.
She rears her young on yonder tree; She leaves her faithful mate to mind em; Like us, for fish she sails to sea, And, plunging, shows us where to find em. Yo, ho, my hearts! lets seek the deep, Ply every oar, and cheerly wish her, While slow the bending net we sweep, God bless the fish-hawk and the fisher. Alexander WilsonThe Fishermans Hymn.