Proverbial Folk-Lore

Proverbial Folk-Lore

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1875 edition. Excerpt: ...is known, A fact as sure as parsons preach, So man, has all experience shown, Is seen most clearly by his speech. "Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh." Special proverbs supply us with some excellent admonitions. Better the feet slip than the tongue. Give neither advice nor salt until you are asked for it. Advise none to marry, nor to go to war. Dont talk of my debts unless you mean to pay them. Dont talk of a halter in his house who was hanged. Some people have the undesirable faculty of always saying the wrong thing to the wrong people: others delight in what Sheridan called, 1 a nice derangement of epitaphs;' nor can that comparison of his Mrs. Malaprop ever come to be forgotten, 'As pensive as an allegory on the banks of the Nile!' In bocca serrata non entra max le mosche.--Hal. which may be paraphrased He that has a head of wax should not sit in the sun i More literally. Keep your mouth closed, and then the flies cannot enter. They never taste who always drink, They always talk who never think.--Prior. Least said is soonest mended. Singing is next door to talking; of this says Coleridge, Swans sing before their death, 'twere no bad thing, Did certain persons die before they sing. But here we are on dangerous ground, and will simply record further, this somewhat cruel epitaph, which may, or may not, have referred to her singing, Here lies Miss Arabella Young, She's learned, at last, to hold her tongue. It must not be supposed, however, by any means, that Speech has nothing to say for itself. Quite the contrary, Trust not still water, nor a silent man t while again, as old Homer has it, it is no small thing to be ' an articulate speaking mortal.' How wonderful thus to be able to communicate our thoughts to...show more

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  • Paperback | 48 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 104g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236907590
  • 9781236907592