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AUTOGRAPH BOOK VERSE (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

YOUR LIFE LIES BEFORE YOU,/ LIKE A BANK OF SNOW,/ BE CAREFUL HOW YOU
TREAD IT,/ FOR EVERY STEP WILL SHOW.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): RHYME: ABCB ; SIMILE FROM NATURE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Exhortatory or homiletic, "to be a good girl"

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PROVERBIAL COMPARISON

AS ODD AS KATE CARNEY'S CAT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; ANIMAL ; ANIMATED NATURE ; PROPER NAME

James Callow Keyword(s): ECCENTRICITY ; PERSONAL PROVERB

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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PROVERB

THE BELL CALLS OTHERS TO CHURCH BUT ITSELF NEVER MINDS THE SERMON.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): ANIMATED NATURE ; HUMAN CREATIONS ; RELIGION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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Language: Rhyme

If wisdom's ways you'd willing seek

Five things observe with care;

Of whom you speak, to whom you speak,

And how, and when and where.

Submitter comment:

Found in autograph book from 1880's

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Album ; AUTOGRAPH ; Language ; poem ; RHYME ; Signature ; Speak ; VERSE ; When ; Where ; Whom ; WISDOM

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

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SAYING

BORN OF THE GUN; DIES OF THE GUN.

Submitter comment: CORRUPTION OF BORN OF THE SWORD, DIES OF THE SWORD.

Data entry tech comment: SON OF A GUN.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): ANIMATED NATURE

James Callow Keyword(s): CAUSE AND EFFECT ; CONTRAST ; ELLIPSIS ; MEDIAL ITERATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 09-00-1967

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SAYING

BORN OF THE SWORD; DIES OF THE SWORD.

Submitter comment: TRADITIONAL

Data entry tech comment: CORRUPTION OF BORN OF THE GUN..

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): ANIMATED NATURE

James Callow Keyword(s): CAUSE AND EFFECT ; CONTRAST ; ELLIPSIS ; MEDIAL ITERATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 09-00-1967

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PROVERB

BREAD ALWAYS FALLS ON THE BUTTERED SIDE.

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): ANIMATED NATURE ; FOOD

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION ; PESSIMISM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-01-1965

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CHILDBIRTH

EVEN THE STONES IN THE ROAD KNOW THAT A WOMAN WHO DIES IN CHILD-
BIRTH IS DESTINED FOR GLORY.

Submitter comment: FR. MALONY LEARNED THIS FROM HIS MOTHER AT HOME WHO IS OF IRISH
DESCENT.

Where learned: RECTORY ; HOLY NAME

Keyword(s): ANIMATED NATURE

James Callow Keyword(s): PERSONIFICATION ; SYMBOL

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 02-19-1967

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK VERSE (COLLECTOR'S TITLE) ; EXHORTATORY OR HOMILETIC (CLASSIFIER'S TITLE)

YOUR LIFE LIES BEFORE YOU,/ LIKE A BANK OF SNOW,/ BE CAREFUL HOW YOU
TREAD IT,/ FOR EVERY STEP WILL SHOW.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): RHYME: ABCB ; SIMILE FROM NATURE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Exhortatory or homiletic, "to be a good girl"

Date learned: 00-00-1940 ; 12-05-1967

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CORN

IF YOU PLANT CORN IN THE OLD OF THE MOON, IT WILL EAR OUT BETTER.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): AGRICULTURE FARMING NATURE

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: POSITIVE IMPLIED ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 02-09-1968

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In England myrtle is considered lucky. In Wales
myrtle is planted on each side of a home to
insure love & to keep the atmosphere peaceful.

Submitter comment: Many people still consider myrtle a sign of peace.

Where learned: ENGLAND ; LONDON

Keyword(s): nature, beauty

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION ; SYMBOL

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 00-00-1990

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Thunder is God's way of showing anger at the wrong and sin
happening on Earth.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Nature Beliefs

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Gods
BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder

Date learned: 02-00-1992

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Autograph Rhyme

Friend Pierce, may your cares all fly away like dew before the sun

And when you've nothing else to do just think of me for fun.

Submitter comment:

Located in autograph album from the 1880's

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Album ; AUTOGRAPH ; Language ; RHYME ; Signature ; VERSE

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

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Autograph Verse

Round went the album, hither it came

for me to write in so here is my name.

Submitter comment:

Found in autograph book from the 1880's

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Album ; AUTOGRAPH ; Language ; NAME ; RHYME ; Signature ; VERSE ; Write

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

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Autograph Rhyme

Each life's an album, every page

From fair haired youth to gray old age

Is writ in prose or story.

God grant your life and album be

Filled up with records good to see

The "finis" found in Glory.

Submitter comment:

Found in autograph book from the 1880's

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): AGE ; Album ; AUTOGRAPH ; Elderly ; Glory ; Gray ; Old ; Record ; RHYME ; Signature ; Story ; VERSE ; Young ; YOUTH

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

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RUSSIAN PROVERB

TREES WITH GOOD ROOTS LAUGH AT STORMS.

Where learned: WESTERN RUSSIA

Keyword(s): NATURE STRENGTH

Subject headings: PROVERB -- V275

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THE TREE WILL NOT ONLY LIE AS IT FALLS, BUT IT WILL
FALL AS IT LEANS.

Submitter comment: W.W. BREESE MD WELL SPRINGS OF TRUTH 1883 P.95

Where learned: READING

Keyword(s): NATURE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-12-1968

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SNAP FINGERS AND MOVE HAND IN CIRCLES AND ALL AROUND (LIKE A
BUTTERFLY FLITTING AROUND). ASK, WHAT'S THIS? ANSWER, BUTTERFLY
WITH THE HICCUPS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): NATURE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 09-00-1971

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