[Sca-cooks] Any Port in a Storm

Daniel And elizabeth phelps dephelps at embarqmail.com
Fri Aug 10 17:01:07 PDT 2012

Having sailed upon a stormy sea or two in my checkered past and wished to be quit of it at those times I can assure any who question that "any port in the storm" means exactly, religious exhortations not withstanding, what it says. Thus in such circumstances the meaning of the phase is closer to the use by Cleland than in the 1657 passage cited.


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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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