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SHAKESPEARE PROVERBS

OR THE

WISE SAWS

OF OUR WISEST POET COLLECTED INTO A

MODERN INSTANCE

BY

MARY COWDEN-CLARKE

To

DOUGLAS JERROLD,

The First Wit of the Present Age, These Proverbs

of

SHAKESPEARE,

the first wit of any age,

are inscribed by

MARY COWDEN-CLARKE,

of a certain age, and no wit at all.

PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITION

IT

T has been thought that the wisest and wittiest of Shakespeare's sayings, collected into such a form as to be readily carried about in the pocket, would furnish the means of employing the otherwise idle half-hour that sometimes occurs in the life of the busiest person, who might thus beguile the tedium of expectation, the listlessness of waiting, the annoyance of delay, or even alleviate the feverishness of suspense and anxiety, by committing to memory these reflections of the great

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