[Sca-cooks] Any Port in a Storm

Johnna Holloway johnnae at mac.com
Fri Aug 10 16:41:06 PDT 2012

OED also lists
 [1657   S. Purchas Theatre Flying-Insects ii. 354   When weaker vessells beare saile only in a calme, a true vessell of Christ should saile best to his wished port in a storme.]

1714   R. Cocks Sermon  6   Charity..is a safe Port in a Storm, an Asylum to the Fugitive, [etc.].


On Aug 10, 2012, at 7:19 PM, Daniel And elizabeth phelps wrote:

> The question was:
> anyone know how old the saying is, "any port in a storm?"  
> Earliest written use of the phase of which I an aware is as follows:
> I feeling pretty sensibly that it was not going by the right
> door, and knocking desperately at the wrong one, I told him
> of it: -"Pooh!" says he, "my dear, any port in a storm."
> "Fanny Hill" John Cleland 1749

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