he that follows freits, freits will follow him

A Scottish proverb. He that looks for portents of the future will find himself dogged by them. Freits are omens.

c 1700 in J. Pinkerton Scottish Tragic Ballads (1781) I. 47 Wha luik to freits, my master deir, Freits will ay follow them.

1721 J. KELLY Scottish Proverbs 128 He that follows Freets, Freets will follow him. He that notices superstitious Observations (such as spilling of Salt)..it will fall to him accordingly.

1804 M. PARK in Lockhart Life of Scott (1837) II. i. He answered, smiling, ‘Freits (omens) follow those who look to them.’.. Scott never saw him again.

1914 Times Literary Supplement 9 Apr. 178 The Kings of Scots have always been beset by omens, and..to him who follows freits, freits follow.


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