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A quaint proverb of this class I have been told of as coming from the reminiscences of an old lady of quality, to recommend a courteous manner to every one: It's aye gude to be ceevil, as the auld wife said when she beckit  to the deevil.
Reminiscences of Scottish Life and Character Ramsay, Edward B 1874
"It's aye gude to be ceevil," quo 'the auld wife when she beckit to the deevil.
The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop 1836
hernesheir commented on the word beckit
A bird mentioned in heraldry, that resembles a Cornish chough.
October 6, 2011