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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:35
AUTHOR:Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1340–1400)
QUOTATION:Therefore behoveth him a ful long spone,
That shall eat with a fend. 1
ATTRIBUTION:Line 10916.
 
Note 1.
Hee must have a long spoon, shall eat with the devill.—John Heywood: Proverbes, part ii. chap v.

He must have a long spoon that must eat with the devil.—William Shakespeare: Comedy of Errors, act iv. sc. 3. [back]
 

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