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Robert Christy, comp.  Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages.  1887.
 
Supererogation
 
He has dashed with his oar to hasten the cataract.  1
He has waved with his fan to give speed to the winds.  Terence.  2
It is needless to pour water on a drowned mouse.  3
Owls to Athens, coals to Newcastle, enchantments to Egypt, pepper to Hindostan, indulgences to Rome.  4
To add water to the ocean.  Latin.  5
To carry a lantern in mid-day.  French.  6
To carry water to the sea or river.  French, German, Portuguese, Dutch.  7
You carry faggots to the wood.  Horace.  8
You carry oil to the city of olives.  Hebrew.  9
 
 
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