a live dog is better than a dead lion

a live dog is better than a dead lion
With allusion to ECCLESIASTES ix. 4 (AV) To him that is joined to all the living, there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion.

c 1390 in Minor Poems of Vernon MS (EETS) 534 Better is a quick [living] and an hol hounde Then a ded lyon... And better is pouert with godnes Then richesse with wikkedness.

1566 J. BARTHLET Pedigree of Heretics 2v A lyuing Dogge, is better than a dead Lion.

1798 ‘P. PINDAR’ Tales of Hoy 41 It was a devil of a trick..but, ‘A living Dog is better than a dead Lion,’ as the saying is.

1864 TROLLOPE Can You forgive Her? II. vii. He had so often told the widow that care killed the cat, and that a live dog was better than a dead lion.

1928 D. H. LAWRENCE Woman who rode Away 132 When the lion is shot, the dog gets the spoil. So he had come in for Katherine, Alan’s lioness. A live dog is better than a dead lion.

1953 ‘G. CULLINGFORD’ Post Mortem iv. I take my walks without following a ball about like a dog. Which reminds me of the old proverb that a live dog is better than a dead lion.

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