|Hoyt & Roberts, comps. Hoyts New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations. 1922.|
|I holde a mouses herte nat worth a leek.|
That hath but oon hole for to sterte to.
ChaucerParaphrase of the Prologue of The Wyves Tale of Bath. L. 572.
| The mouse that hath but one hole is quickly taken.|
HerbertJacula Prudentum. PlautusTrunculentus. IV.
| It had need to bee|
A wylie mouse that should breed in the cats eare.
HeywoodProverbs. Pt. II. Ch. V.
|Once on a time there was a mouse, quoth she,|
Who sick of worldly tears and laughter, grew
Enamoured of a sainted privacy;
To all terrestrial things he bade adieu,
And entered, far from mouse, or cat, or man,
A thick-walled cheese, the best of Parmesan.
Lorenzo PignottiThe Mouse Turned Hermit.
| When a building is about to fall down all the mice desert it.|
Pliny the ElderNatural History. Bk. VIII. Sec. CIII.
|The mouse that always trusts to one poor hole,|
Can never be a mouse of any soul.
PopeThe Wife of Bath. Her Prologue. L. 298.
|The mouse neer shunnd the cat as they did budge|
From rascals worse than they.
Coriolanus. Act I. Sc. 6. L. 44.