For Want of a Nail

DESCRIPTION: "For want of a nail the shoe was lost, For want of a shoe the horse was lost, For want of a horse the rider was lost, For want of a rider the battle was lost, For want of a battle the kingdom was lost, And all for the want of a horseshoe nail."
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1640 (first three lines in Herbert's Outlandish Proverbs, according to Opie-Oxford2)
KEYWORDS: clothes horse battle
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REFERENCES (4 citations):
Opie-Oxford2 370, "For Want of a Nail" (1 text)
Baring-Gould-MotherGoose #786, p. 291, "(For want of a nail the shoe was lost)"
Jack, p. 36, "For Want of a Nail" (1 text)
Dolby, p. 169, "For Want of a Nail" (1 text)

Roud #19527
File: OO2370

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