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 Keep your Breath to Cool your Porridge.Keepers. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Keep your Powder Dry.
Keep prepared for action; keep your courage up.   1
“Go forth and conquer, Strephon mine,
This kiss upon your lips retaining;
A precept that is also thine
Forbids the teardrop hot and straining.
We’re Mars and Venus, you and I,
And both must ‘keep our powder dry.’”
Sims: Dagonet Ballads (In Love and War).

 Keep your Breath to Cool your Porridge.Keepers. 


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