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Slomo ("Solomon" in Greek) was reputed to be a fabulously wealthy king of Israel in the 10th century BCE. In "1 Kings" God appeared to him in a dream and asked him what he desired; when he answered "wisdom" God granted his request since he did not ask for self-serving rewards such as a long life or the punishment of his enemies. He was credited with writing the "Šīr HašŠīrīm" (The Song of Songs), "Qōhelet" (Ecclesiastes), "The Wisdom of Solomon," and "Míshlê" (Proverbs), though all these texts are apparently much more recent than his reign. "Proverbs" 10:5 was "He who gathers crops in summer is a prudent son, / but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son." In 1546 playwright John Heywood (in "A dialogue conteinyng the nomber in effect of all the prouerbes in the Englishe tongue") [Heywood's grandson was John Donne] collected the following: "Whan the sunne shinth make hay. Whiche is to say. / Take time whan time cometh, lest time steale away." In the 17th century John Bunyan included it in "The Pilgrim's Progress from This World, to That Which Is to Come" in a string of proverbs uttered by Hold-the-World: "For my part I can count him but a Fool, that having the liberty to keep what he has, shall be so unwise as to lose it. Let us be wise as Serpents; 'tis best to make hay when the Sun shines; you see how the bee lieth still all winter, and bestirs her only when she can have Profit with Pleasure. God sends sometimes Rain, and sometimes Sun-shine; if the be such fools to go through the first, yet let us be content to take fair weather along with us. For my part I like that religion best that will stand with the security of God's good blessings unto us; for who can imagine that is ruled by his Reason, since God has bestowed upon us the good things of this Life, but that he would have us keep them for his sake? Abraham and Solomon grew rich in religion. And Job says, that a good man shall lay up Gold as Dust. But he must not be such as the men before us, if they be as you have described them." (To which a relieved Save-All responded, "I think that we are all agreed in this matter, and therefore there needs no more words about it.")
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