Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.


The first bringer of unwelcome news
Hath but a losing office.
Shakespeare.—King Henry IV., Part II. Act I. Scene 1.

Evil news rides post, while good news bates.
Milton.—Samson Agonistes.

Here comes Monsieur Le Beau, with his mouth full of news.
Shakespeare.—As You Like It, Act I. Scene 2.

News, the manna of a day.
Green.—The Spleen, Line 169.

But are you sure the news is true?
And are you sure he’s weel?
Is this a time to think o’ wark?
Ye jauds fling by your wheel.
For there’s nae luck about the house,
There’s nae luck at a’,
There’s nae luck about the house,
When our gudeman’s awa.
Mickle.—The Mariner’s Wife, Verse 1.