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RHYME

EVERY DAY GO OUT OF YOUR WAY
TO TO DO A KIND DEED FOR SOMEONE IN NEED.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CHARITY ; HELPFULNESS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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THE HAND OF GOD

ONCE THIS OLD COUPLE WHO LIVED ON A FARM AWOKE ONE MORNING
TO FIND A HORSE MISSING. NOW ON THE FARM THEY HAD A
HIRED MAN NAMED TOMMY LYTLE EDGAR WHITAKER JOHN KNOX
FREEMAN WYNN, AND AS HE SAID "AND COOPER COMES IN THAR
SOMEWHAR." SO THEY SENT THIS MAN OUT TO LOOK FOR THE
HORSE, WITH HIS FATHER. IN A FIELD THEY FOUND THE HORSE
UNDER A DEAD TREE THAT HAD BEEN STRUCK BY LIGHTNING AND
FALLEN ON THE ANIMAL, KILLING HIM. THE FATHER OF THE
HIRED MAN SUMMED UP THE SITUATION IN THIS WAY, "YOU TAKE
GOD UP ONE SIDE AND DOWN T'OTHER AND HE DOES JUST ABOUT
AS MUCH HARM AS HE DOES GOOD."

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): GOD EVALUATED, FOUND EQUALLY HELPFUL AND HARMFUL ; HUMOROUS NAME

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Gods
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lightning Thunder

Date learned: 08-12-1968

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Proverb

Many hands make light work

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Community ; FAMILY ; Hands ; Help ; Many ; Multiple ; WORK

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Retort

Lebanese expression "Ya Adrah" which translated means "Mother of God, Help"

Submitter comment:

Is often (frequently) used when someone slips or barely misses hurting themselves.

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Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Grammatical corrections.

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): COMEBACK ; ETHNIC ; God ; Help ; Lebanese ; MOTHER ; RETORT

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Proverb

God helps those who help themselves.

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Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V200] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

Keyword(s): Apothegm' Aphorism ; God ; Help ; Initiative ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

Many hands make light work.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Community ; Hands ; Help ; LIGHT ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; VERSE ; WORK

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

Many hands make light work.

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Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; Geviydala

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Easy ; Hands ; Help ; LIGHT ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; VERSE ; WORK

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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LEGEND OF A SAINT

WHENEVER A PERSON FINDS THEMSELF IN A DIFFICULT SITUATION
WHICH THEY CANNOT SOLVE OR WORK OUT, THEY SHOULD SAY A PRAYER
TO ST. JUDE, HELPER OF DESPERATE CASES.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): Helpless ; Patron ; PRAYER ; Saint ; St. Jude

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 01-22-1968

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ST. NICHOLAS' HELPER

ON DECEMBER 6, ST. NICHOLAS DAY, IN BELGIUM, ST.
NICHOLAS VISITS EACH SCHOOL DRESSED AS A BISHOP.
HE WAS ACCOMPANIED BY A HELPER WHO WAS DRESSED IN BLACK
CARRYING AN EMPTY SACK AND A BIG STICK. THE CHILDREN
WERE TERRIFIED OF THE HELPER, FOR IF THEY WERE NOT
GOOD, THE HELPER WOULD PUT THEM INTO THE SACK AND ALL
THEY WILL GET IS COAL AS A PRESENT ON ST. NICHOLAS DAY.
SO GREAT WAS THIS FEAR, THAT A NEWSPAPER ARTICLE DURING
THE PAST YEAR IN LIEGE STATED THAT TWO BOYS RAN AWAY FROM
SCHOOL SO THAT THE HELPER WOULDN'T GET THEM.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; BELGIUM ; PITTSBURGH

Keyword(s): Celebrate ; CUSTOM ; Helper ; holiday ; Nicholas ; Saint ; St. Nick

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 6 Feast of St. Nicholas

Date learned: 11-01-1970

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