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78 John Heywood 1497?-1580? John Bartlett

AUTHOR:John Heywood (1497?–1580?)
QUOTATION:Look ere ye leape. 1
ATTRIBUTION:Proverbes. Part i. Chap. ii.
Note 1.
Look ere thou leap.—In Tottel’s Miscellany, 1557; and in Tusser’s Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandry. Of Wiving and Thriving. 1573.

Thou shouldst have looked before thou hadst leapt.—Ben Jonson, George Chapman, Marston: Eastward Ho, act v. sc 1.

Look before you ere you leap.—Samuel Butler: Hudibras, pt. ii. c. ii. l. 502. [back]