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Bailey's Book of Proverbs

for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, percussion, piano

Bailey's Book of Proverbs, excerpts
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PROVERB:  A concise, witty and wise speech, grounded on long experience, and containing for the most part some good caveat. -  Nathaniel Bailey, 1736

The proverbs that serve as titles for these seven movements are but a handful of the more than twelve hundred sayings collected by Nathaniel Bailey and published in his 1736 Dictionarium Britannicum or a More Compleat Universal Etymological English Dictionary.

                I.   Reckon not your Chickens before they hatch.
                II.   Love lives in Cottages as well as in Courts.
                III.   I talk of Chalk and You talk of Cheese.
                IV.   Every Flow hath its Ebb.
                V.   Empty Vessels make the Loudest Sound.
                VI.  Let Sleeping Dogs Lie.
                VII.   What is Done cannot be Undone.


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