Fergusson's Scottish Proverbs from the Original Print of 1641: Together with a Larger Manuscript Collection of about the Same Period Hitherto Unpublished

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Society, 1924 - Proverbs, Scottish - 128 pages

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Page xxxiii - And beef and mutton in a' plentie ; But never a Scots wyfe could have said, That e'er I skaith'd her a puir flee. " To seik het water beneith cauld ice, Surely it is a greit folie — I have asked grace at a graceless face, But there is nane for my men and me...
Page xviii - Paréceme Sancho, que no hay refrán que no sea verdadero, porque todos son sentencias sacadas de la misma experiencia, madre de las ciencias todas: especialmente aquel que dice: Donde una puerta se cierra, otra se abre.
Page 5 - I know that there may be some that will say and marvell that a minister should have taken pains to gather such proverbs together; but they that knew his forme of powerfull preaching the word, and his ordinar talking, ever almost using proverbiall speeches, will not finde fault with this that he hath done.
Page xvi - A Select Collection of Scots Poems, CHIEFLY IN THE BROAD BUCHAN DIALECT. To which is added A COLLECTION OF SCOTS PROVERBS. BY THE REV.
Page xxxi - I holde a mouses herte nat worth a leek That hath but oon hole for to sterte to, And if that faille, thanne is al ydo.
Page xxiii - And why seest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye; and seest not the beam that is in thy own eye?
Page 64 - ... more noteworthy as a testimony to the deep and varied knowledge of human nature possessed by Jesus. He divides his hearers into four classes. Some are simply incapable of understanding him, for they are without any sense for the higher truths of the spirit. For them his teaching can do nothing ; it goes in at the one ear and out at the other.
Page 4 - The printer, in this address, " to the merrie, judicious, and discreet reader," refers in the following quaint expressions to the author : — " Therefore manie in this realme that hath hard of David Fergusson, sometime minister at Dunfermline, and of his quick answers and speeches, both to great persons and others inferiours, and hath heard of his proverbs which hee gathered together in his time, and now we put downe according to the order of the alphabet; and manie of all ranks of persons, being...
Page xxi - A man may well bring a horse to the water, But he cannot make him drink without he will.
Page xii - ... separate collection of those which are considered Scottish Proverbs — 1813. Ray professes to have taken these from Fergusson's work mentioned below. 2. A Complete Collection of Scottish Proverbs explained and made intelligible to the English reader, by James Kelly, MA, published in London 1721. 3. Scottish Proverbs gathered together by David Fergusson, sometime minister at Dunfermline, and put ordine alphabetico when he departed this life anno 1598. Edinburgh, 1641. 4. A Collection of Scots...

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