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 Grey Hen (A).Grey Wethers. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Grey Mare.
 
The Grey Mare is the better horse. The woman is paramount. It is said that a man wished to buy a horse, but his wife took a fancy to a grey mare, and so pertinaciously insisted that the grey mare was the better horse, that the man was obliged to yield the point.   1
   Macaulay says: “I suspect [the proverb] originated in the preference generally given to the grey mares of Flanders over the finest coach-horses of England.”   2
   The French say, when the woman is paramount, C’est le mariage d’epervier (’Tis a hawk’s marriage), because the female hawk is both larger and stronger than the male bird.   3
       
“As long as we have eyes, or hands, or breath,
We’ll look, or write, or talk you all to death.
Yield, or she-Pegasus will gain her course,
And the grey mare will prove the better horse.”
       
Prior: Epilogue to Mrs. Manley’s Lucius.
 


 Grey Hen (A).Grey Wethers. 

 
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