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Grocott & Ward, comps.  Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed.  189-?.
 
Worst
 
Would Heaven this mourning were past!
One may have better luck at last;
Matters at worst are sure to mend,
The devil’s wife was but a fiend.
        Prior.—The Turtle and Sparrow, Line 414.
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Things at the worst will cease, or else climb upward
To what they were before.
        Shakespeare.—Macbeth, Act IV. Scene 2. (Rosse to Lady Macduff.)
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His only solace was, that now,
His dog-bolt fortune was so low,
That either it must quickly end,
Or turn about again, and mend.
        Butler.—Hudibras, Part II. Canto I. Line 39.
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I wish thy lot, now bad, still worse my friend;
For when at worst, they say, things always mend.
        Cowper.—Translation from Owen. To a Friend in Distress.
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