|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|AUTHOR:||John Heywood (1497?1580?)|
|QUOTATION:||The cat would eate fish, and would not wet her feete. 1|
|ATTRIBUTION:||Proverbes. Part i. Chap. xi.|
Shakespeare alludes to this proverb in Macbeth:
Letting I dare not wait upon I would,
Like the poor cat i the adage.
Cat lufat visch, ac he nele his feth wete.MS. Trinity College, Cambridge, circa 1250. [back]