[Ads-l] "This Too Shall Pass"

Dave Wilton dave at WILTON.NET
Mon Mar 27 18:17:30 EDT 2017


It is a very medieval sentiment, but I can't seem to locate any uses since Deor. Not that I've tried very hard. I'm sure some digging will turn something up. It can't simply date to the nineteenth century.

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Þæs oferéode; þisses swá mæg…

Might be an ultimate source. :-)

Michael Everson

> On 27 Mar 2017, at 16:39, Shapiro, Fred <fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU> wrote:
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> In the Yale Book of Quotations, my first evidence for the saying "this too shall pass" or "this too shall pass away" or "this also shall pass" or "this also shall pass away" is by Edward Fitzgerald in 1852.  Subsequently, Ralph Keyes in his book The Quote Verifier found an 1839 newspaper occurrence.

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