Bachelers boast, how they will teach their wives good; But many a man speaketh of Robin Hood, That never shot in his bow. When all is sought, Bachelers wives, and maides children bee well tought. And this with this I also begin to gather, Every man can rule a shrew, save he that hath her.
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Source Notes: The Proverbs of John Heywood (part 2, chapter 6) (1874; originally published 1564).
John Heywood (1497-1580) was an English writer known for his plays, poems, and collection of proverbs. He was born in or near London, but fled to Europe to avoid religious persecution for his Catholic faith and is believed to have died in Mechelen, Belgium. His son was the poet and translator Jasper Heywood.
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