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Dictionary of Proverbs (1721)

Taken from Divers[e] Proverbs by Nathan Bailey; I have a 1917 reprint from Yale and OUP.

This is the Table of contents; there is also an alphabetical listing and a transcription with the definitions and explanations.

Title page (1917) (328KBytes)
(Title page from 20th Century Yale/OUP edition)
pp0-1 (136KBytes)
[woodcut: bald stout man sitting on snail reading book]
A Burnt Child dreads the Fire
pp02-03 (256KBytes)
As you brew so you shall bake
Every bean has its Black
it is an ill wind that blows no body good
pp04-05 (224KBytes)
What is bred in the Bone will never be out of the Flesh
One Bird in the Hand is worth two in the Bush
A Cat may look upon a king.
pp06-07 (168KBytes)
I talk of Chalk and you of Cheese
Charity begins at Home
Cut your Coat according to your Cloth.
What can't be cur'd must be endur'd. (168KBytes)
Curs'd Cows have short Horns
Much falls between the Cup and the Lip.
No longer pipe no longer dance.
pp10-11 (168KBytes)
He who has a mind to beat a Dog will easily find a Stick.
Naught is never in Danger.
Faint Heart never won fair Lady.
pp12-13 (176KBytes)
Fast bind, fast find.
Like Father like Son.
pp14-15 (176KBytes)
A Fool's Bolt is soon shot.
Birds of a Feather flock together.
Out of the Frying-Pan into the Fire.
pp16-17 (200KBytes)
He sets the Fox to keep his Geese.
[woodcut: fox watching geese]
pp18-19 (136KBytes)
As sure as God's in Gloucestershire.
Every Man thinks his own Geese Swans.
pp20-21 (176KBytes)
Good Wine needs no Bush.
Kissing goes by Favour.
A Lark is better than a Kite
pp22-23 (184KBytes)
All goes down Gutter-lane
As Wise as a Man of Gotham.
As goodas George of Green.
[woodcut: stout man drinks from mug, holds saussage with a fork]
pp24-25 (136KBytes)
Save a Thief from Hanging, andhe'll cut your Throat.
Jack will never make a Gentleman.
pp26-27 (184KBytes)
Harm watch, Harm catch.
It is a good Horse that never stumbles.
pp28-29 (176KBytes)
Hungry Dogs will eat dirty Pudding.
He that would live at Peace and Rest, Must hear and see, and say the Best.
pp30-31 (216KBytes)
Sue a Beggar and catch a Louse.
Many Hands make Light Work.
[woodcut: well-dressed man scratches his head standing near a beggar with outstretched hat]
pp32-33 (152KBytes)
Fat Paunches make Lean Pates.
pp34-35 (176KBytes)
Give a Man Luck and throw him into the Sea.
Money makes the Mare to go.
Much falls between the Cup and the Lip.
pp36-37 (176KBytes)
Little Pitchers have great Ears.
Many talk of Robin Hood who never shot in his Bow.
pp38-39 (200KBytes)
Need makes the old Wife trot.
[woodcut: barefoot old woman hitches up skirts to cross a stream]
pp40-41 (136KBytes)
Better play at small Game than stand out.
Give him a Rowland for his Oliver.
pp42-43 (176KBytes)
Give him a Rowland for his Oliver.
Penny Wise, and Pound Foolish.
He that Reckons without his Host must reckon again.
pp44-45 (168KBytes)
Proferred Service stinks.
The Receiver is as bad as the Thief.
Reckon not your Chickens before they are hatched.
pp46-47 (176KBytes)
It's neither Rhime nor Reason.
What is got over the Devil's Back will be spent under his Belly.
pp48-49 (168KBytes)
To buy a Pig in a poke.
Robin Hood's Pennyworths.
He looks one way and rows another.
pp50-51 (184KBytes)
A Rolling Stone gathers no Moss.
It is good to make Hay while the Sun shines.
pp52-53 (176KBytes)
Near is my Shirt, but Nearer is my Skin.
pp54-55 (192KBytes)
One Man had better steal a Horse than another look over the Hedge.
[woodcut: highayman with hat and cape leads a horst]
pp56-57 (136KBytes)
He makes a Rod for his own Breech.
pp58-59 (168KBytes)
The more Haste the worse Speed.
When the Sky falls we shall catch Larks.
pp60-61 (176KBytes)
'Tis too late to spare when all is spent.
One Swallow does not make Summer.
pp62-63 (176KBytes)
When the Steed's stolen, shut the Stable Door.
pp64-65 (328KBytes)
After sweet Meat comes sour Sauce
[woodcut of stout man, seated, with bndaged foot]
pp66-67 (288KBytes)
A Shoemaker must not go beyond his Last
pp68-69 (352KBytes)
The Traceys have always the Wind in their Faces
To cut large Thongs out of another Man's Leather
Too much of one Thing is good for nothing
pp70-71 (360KBytes)
One good Turn deserves another.
He steals a Goose, and gives the Giblets in Alms.
pp72-73 (352KBytes)
An old Dog will learn no Tricks
If you trust before you try, You may repent before you die.
pp74-75 (352KBytes)
Nothing venture, nothing have.
Virtue which parleys is near a Surrender.
pp76-77 (352KBytes)
Well begun is half ended.
All is well that ends well.
pp78-79 (360KBytes)
Many Words will not fill a Bushel.
The younger Brother the better Gentleman.
pp80-81 (360KBytes)
One scabbed Sheep marrs a whole Flock.
Tread on a Worm and it will turn.
pp82-83 (312KBytes)
Brag is a good Dog, but Holdfast is a better.
The Belly has no Ears.
woodcut: mouse by house perhaps made from candle with snuffer]