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Proverb Lore Many sayings, wise or otherwise, on many subjects, gleaned from many sources   By: (1841-1909)

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Transcriber's Notes: Words in italics in the original are surrounded by underscores . Words in Greek in the original are transliterated and surrounded by plus signs. Variations in spelling, hyphenation, and presence or absence of accent marks remain as in the original.

One quotation in the original uses a macron over a vowel to indicate that the following letter should be an "n". In this text, the following representations are used:

[=e] represents "e" with a macron [=o] represents "o" with a macron [=u] represents "u" with a macron

A complete list of typographical corrections as well as other notes follows the text.

PROVERB LORE

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PROVERB LORE

MANY SAYINGS, WISE OR OTHERWISE, ON MANY SUBJECTS, GLEANED FROM MANY SOURCES

BY

F. EDWARD HULME, F.S.A.

AUTHOR OF "WAYSIDE SKETCHES," "MYTHLAND," "NATURAL HISTORY LORE AND LEGEND," "SYMBOLISM IN ART," "WILD FRUITS OF THE COUNTRYSIDE," "FAMILIAR WILD FLOWERS," ETC.

LONDON ELLIOT STOCK, 62 PATERNOSTER ROW, E.C. 1902

CONTENTS

CHAPTER I PAGE

Value of Study of Proverbs Difficulty of exact Definition Definitions by various Writers The Saw The Adage The Essentials of a Proverb The Value of Brevity Legitimate Use of Hyperbole Proverbs often one sided Views of Truth Sometimes contradict each other Figurativeness of Language A very characteristic Feature Parables of our Lord Proverbs often condensed Parables Examples of Word Pictures Commonest Objects supply Lessons Interesting as referring to Usages that have passed away Some Proverbs enduring, some transient May have more than one Significance Some palpable Truisms and Platitudes Great Antiquity of Proverbs On Jewellery, Pottery, Furniture, etc. Rustic Conservatism The Aid of Alliteration Rhyme as an Aid to Memory 1

CHAPTER II

Ancient Collections of Proverbs The Proverbs of Solomon Ecclesiasticus The Work of D'Anvers on Solomon's Proverbs The Collections of De Worde, Trevisis, and Lydgate The "Adagia" of Erasmus Tavernar's "Garden of Wisdom" Heywood's Collection of Proverbs Camden's "Remaines" Davies, the "Scourge of Folly" The "Apophthegms" of Lord Bacon The "Outlandish Proverbs" of G. H. Herbert's "Jacula Prudentum" The Work of Howell and Cotgrave The "Gnomologia" of Fuller The Difficulties of Proverb classification, by Country, by Leading Word, by Subject, etc. Ray's "Collection of English Proverbs" The "Paræmiologia" of Walker Palmer on Proverbs The Sayings of "Poor Richard" 26

CHAPTER III

"The Book of Merry Riddles" Introduction of Proverbs in our Literature A Surfeit of Proverbs "The two Angrie Women of Abington" Fuller on the Misuse of Proverbs The Sayings of Hendyng Proverbs in Works of Chaucer, Lydgate, Spenser, Dryden, Shakespeare, and other Writers The "Imitation of Christ" Glitter is not necessarily Gold The Cup and the Lip Comparisons odious The Rolling Stone The "Vision of Piers Plowman" Guelph and Ghibelline Dwellers in Glass Houses A Spade is a Spade Chalk and Cheese Silence gives Consent A Nine Days' Wonder The little Pot soon Hot Weakest to the Wall Proverb Hunting through our old Literature 65

CHAPTER IV

National Idiosyncrasies The Seven Sages of Greece Know Thyself The Laconic "If" Ancient Greek Proverbs Roman Proverbs The Proverbs of Scotland: Strong Vein of Humour in them Spanish and Italian Proverbs The Proverbs of France The "Comédie des Proverbes" The Proverbs of Spain: their Popularity and Abundance; Historic Interest: their Bibliography Italian Proverbs: their Characteristics The Proverbs of Germany Chinese Adages: their Excellence Japanese Proverbs: their Poetry and Beauty Arab Sayings: their Servility: their Humour Eastern Delight in Stories African Sayings: their pithy Wisdom The Proverb philosophy of the Talmud 90

CHAPTER V

Proverbs that are misunderstood The Cheese Raining Cats and Dogs Cattle harrying The Bitter End By Hook or Crook Proverbs of Evil Teaching Necessity has no Law The Peck of Dirt Howl with the Wolves Sarcasm in Proverbs The Fool Selfishness The Praise of Truth The Value of Time Death The Conduct of Life Occupations that supply Proverbs The Barber, Tailor, Cobbler, Physician, Lawyer, and others The Cowl and the Monk The Long Bow The Meditative Angler Sayings associated with particular Individuals Hobson and his Choice Plowden's Law Mortimer's Sow The Wisdom of Doddipol The Fear of Mrs Grundy's Opinion Locality Proverbs Rustic Humour Local Products Tenterden Steeple 124

CHAPTER VI

Proverbs suggested by Animals Animal Characteristics: Sagacity, Fidelity, Cunning, Greed, etc... Continue reading book >>




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