in vain the net is spread in the sight of the bird

in vain the net is spread in the sight of the bird
With allusion to PROVERBS i. 17 (AV) Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird; cf. c 1395 WYCLIF Bible (1850) Proverbs i. 17 A net is leid in veyn before the ighen [eyes] of briddis.

1581 G. PETTIE tr. S. Guazzo’s Civil Conversation I. 20v In vaine (as the Prouerb sayth) The net is pitcht in the sight of the birdes.

1888 J. E. T. ROGERS Economic Interpretation of Hist. xxi. The landowners in Pitt’s time foresaw this... They would certainly be caught, and the net was spread in vain in sight of the bird.

1941 ‘M. COLES’ They tell No Tales x. ‘Keep a good look out.’.. ‘In vain is the net spread in the sight of the bird, anyway.’

1961 L. S. DE CAMP Dragon of Ishtar Gate viii. ‘If they come, we shall be ready,’ said Bessas. ‘In vain the net is spread in the sight of the bird.’


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