sing before breakfast, cry before night

Also occurs in reverse form; see quot. 1954.

1530 J. PALSGRAVE L’éclaircissement de la Langue Francaise 404 You waxe mery this morning god gyue grace you wepe nat or [before] nyght.

1611 R. COTGRAVE Dict. French & English s.v. Soir, Some laugh amornings who ere night shed teares.

1721 J. KELLY Scottish Proverbs 332 They that laugh in the Morning may greet [weep] e’er Night.

1940 ‘T. CHANSLOR’ Our First Murder xii. ‘You remember the saying. “Sing before breakfast—”’ ‘Oh dear—“cry before night.”’

1954 A. SETON Katherine xxxi. Cry before breakfast, sing before supper.


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