you cannot shift an old tree without it dying

you cannot shift an old tree without it dying

c 1518 A. BARCLAY tr. Mancinus’ Mirror of Good Manners G4v An old tre transposed shall fynde smal auauntage.

1670 J. RAY English Proverbs 22 Remove an old tree, and it will wither to death.

1721 J. KELLY Scottish Proverbs 284 Remove an old Tree, and it will wither. Spoken by a Man who is loth to leave a Place in his advanc’d years, in which he has long lived.

1831 W. M. PRAED Political & Occasional Poems (1888) 166 I’m near three-score; you ought to know You can’t transplant so old a tree.

1906 R. KIPLING Puck of Pook’s Hill 259 ‘You’ve cleaved to your own parts pretty middlin’ close, Ralph.’ ‘Can’t shift an old tree ‘thout it dyin’.’


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