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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

8385 Misellaneous John Bartlett

QUOTATION:Now bething the, gentilman,
How Adam dalf, and Eve span. 1
ATTRIBUTION:MS. of the Fifteenth Century (British Museum).
Note 1.
The same proverb existed in German:—

So Adam reutte, und Eva span,
Wer war da ein eddelman?
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