|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|AUTHOR:||Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 13401400)|
|QUOTATION:||That field hath eyen, and the wood hath ears. 1|
|ATTRIBUTION:||Canterbury Tales. The Knightes Tale. Line 1524.|
Fieldes have eies and woodes have eares.John Heywood: Proverbes, part ii. chap. v.
Wode has erys, felde has sigt.King Edward and the Shepherd, MS. Circa 1300.
Walls have ears.Hazlitt: English Proverbs, etc. (ed. 1869) p. 446. [back]