A Collection of the Proverbs Found in English Literature and the Dictionaries of the Period, BY MORRIS PALMER TILLEY, Ann Arbor University of Michigan Press 1950
And sche be whyte as whales bone.
1520-40 Songs in Rawl. MS C813 IV, p. 315:
With tethe as whyte as whalles bone.
a1547 SURREY Irate Host l. 8: Poems, p. 73:
As who wolde say there is none here I trow, will me forsake, I might parceave a woolfe, as whyte as whale his bone.
1566 L. WAGER Mary Magd., s. D4:
Your teeth as white as euer was the whales bone.
1590 SPENSER F.2. III I 15:
A goodly Ladie..Whose face did seeme as cleare as Christall stone, And eke through feare as white as whales bone.
1599 NASHE Lenten Stuff: Wks., III 204:
Herrings, which were as white as whales bone.
1609 T. RAVENSCROFT Deuteromelia, s. B4:
His beard was all on a white a, as white as Whale is bone.
SHAKESPEARE.-1594-5 L.L.L. V ii 331:
This is the flow'r that smiles on every one To show his teeth as white as whalëbone.
1577 GRANGE Gold. Aphroditis, s. A4v:
I seeme to prognosticate thereby (as doth the Dolphin) that some storme or tempest approcheth at hande.
1593 NASHE Christ's Tears Ep. Ded.: Wks., II 9:
Give mee leaue, with the sportiue Sea Porposes, preludiatelie a little to play before the storme of my Teares.
[1604-17] 1647 FLETCHER Woman's Prize V ii, p. 84:
Or Porpisces, Made to all fatal uses.
1605 CHAPMAN, JONSON, AND MARSTON Eastward Ho III iii 140:
There was a Porcpisce, euen now seene at London bridge, which is alwaies the messenger of tempests, he sayes.
1606 J. HALL Heaven upon Earth XXV: Wks., III 192:
If thou swimest against the Stream of . . Providence . . every Wave turns the over like a Porkpisce before a Tempest.
[1613-14] 1623 WEBSTER Duch. Malfi III iii 61:
That Cardinall . . lifts up's nose, like a fowle Porpisse before A storme.
1666 TOR. It. Prov. 31, p. 208:
The dolfin appears, we shall have rain.
1718 R. SAVAGE Love in Veil III, p. 45:
Like a porpus before a storm.
SHAKESPEARE.-1608 P. II i 21:
Alas, poor souls! It grieved my heart to hear what pitiful cries they made to us to help them . .-Nay, master, said not I as much when I saw the porpas, how he bounc'd and tumbled?
1651 TAYLOR Holy Dying I iii, p. 277:
He is at first entertained with trifles..and little images of things are laid before him, like a cock-boat to a whale, only to play withal.
1704 SWIFT Tale Tub Auth. Pref,. p. 50:
Seamen have a Custom, when they meet a whale, to fling him out an empty tub..to divert him from laying violent hands upon the ship.