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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

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John Heywood. (1497?–1580?) (continued)
    When the sunne shineth, make hay.
          Proverbes. Part i. Chap. iii.
    When the iron is hot, strike. 1
          Proverbes. Part i. Chap. iii.
    The tide tarrieth no man. 2
          Proverbes. Part i. Chap. iii.
    Than catch and hold while I may, fast binde, fast finde. 3
          Proverbes. Part i. Chap. iii.
    And while I at length debate and beate the bush,
There shall steppe in other men and catch the burdes. 4
          Proverbes. Part i. Chap. iii.
    While betweene two stooles my taile goe to the ground. 5
          Proverbes. Part i. Chap. iii.
    So many heads so many wits. 6
          Proverbes. Part i. Chap. iii.
    Wedding is destiny,
And hanging likewise. 7
          Proverbes. Part i. Chap. iii.
Note 1.
You should hammer your iron when it is glowing hot.—Publius Syrus: Maxim 262.

Strike whilst the iron is hot.—Francis Rabelais: book ii. chap. xxxi. John Webster: Westward Hoe. Tom A’Lincolne. George Farquhar: The Beaux’ Stratagem, iv. 1. [back]
Note 2.
Hoist up saile while gale doth last,
Tide and wind stay no man’s pleasure.
Robert Southwell: St. Peter’s Complaint. 1595.

Nae man can tether time or tide.—Robert Burns: Tam O’Shanter. [back]
Note 3.
Fast bind, fast find;
A proverb never stale in thrifty mind.
William Shakespeare: Merchant of Venice, act ii. sc. 5.

Also in Jests of Scogin. 1565. [back]
Note 4.
It is this proverb which Henry V. is reported to have uttered at the siege of Orleans. “Shall I beat the bush and another take the bird?” said King Henry. [back]
Note 5.
Entre deux arcouns chet cul à terre (Between two stools one sits on the ground).—Les Proverbes del Vilain, MS. Bodleian. Circa 1303.

S’asseoir entre deux selles le cul à terre (One falls to the ground in trying to sit on two stools).—Francis Rabelais: book i. chap. ii. [back]
Note 6.
As many men, so many minds.—Terence: Phormio, ii. 3.

As the saying is, So many heades, so many wittes.—Queen Elizabeth: Godly Meditacyon of the Christian Sowle. 1548.

So many men so many mindes.—Gascoigne: Glass of Government. [back]
Note 7.
Hanging and wiving go by destiny.—The Schole-hous for Women. 1541. William Shakespeare: Merchant of Venice, act 2. sc. 9.

Marriage and hanging go by destiny; matches are made in heaven.—Robert Burton: Anatomy of Melancholy, part iii. sec. 2, mem. 5, subs. 5. [back]