Leading a horse to water

You know the old expression: “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.” The proverb is thought to go back to the 12th century. It’s said to have made an appearance in a book called Old English Homilies (c.1175).  Interestingly the Old English can be translated two ways:

  1. “Who can give water to the horse that will not drink of its own accord?”
  2. “Who is he that may water the horse and not drink himself?”

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