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what is the origin?

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The proverb was first found in Alexander Barclay's Eclogues in c. 1514. The Eclogues were the English translation of Johnannes Baptista Spanolo Mantuanus (1448 - 1516), a Mantuan Latin poet and Carmelite monk.

A man cannot make a cheverill purse of a sow's eare~Randle Cotgrave, Dictionary: Pigeon (1611)

You will never make a satin purse of a Sowe's eare~James Howell, English Proverbs, p13. (1659)

First attested to in th U.S. in Modern Chivalry by Hugh Henry Breckenridge (1816).

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