[Ads-l] "This Too Shall Pass"

Robin Hamilton robin.hamilton3 at VIRGINMEDIA.COM
Mon Mar 27 21:26:57 EDT 2017


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>     On 27 March 2017 at 23:17 Dave Wilton <dave at WILTON.NET> wrote:
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>     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.
> 

It -- the Ubi Sunt tradition -- reaches the nineteenth century in George
Matsell's poem, "A Hundred Stretches Hence", written in Cant, sired by "A
Hundred Years Hence" in _Blackwoods_ (I think as sung by Doctor William Maginn),
out of Villon's bygone snows.

What goes round, comes round.

Robin

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>     From: American Dialect Society [mailto:ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On Behalf
> Of Michael Everson
>     Sent: Monday, March 27, 2017 11:56 AM
>     To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
>     Subject: Re: [ADS-L] "This Too Shall Pass"
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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:
>     >
>     > 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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