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11th Century English Proverbs

NOTE: Dates given are generally for the first written appearance of the form of the proverb in English; the proverb may have been in spoken use, in England or orther countries, much earlier and in some cases referred to as "an old saying" prior to that time.

A friend in need is a friend in deed.
-mid 11th; 5th Century BC in Greek

Full cup, steady hand.
-early 11th

He that will not when he may, when he will he shall have nay.
-early 11th

When the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.
-late 9th

A house divided cannot stand.
-mid 11th

Spare the rod and spoil the child.
-early 11th



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