|Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocotts Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.|
|Would Heaven this mourning were past!|
One may have better luck at last;
Matters at worst are sure to mend,
The devils wife was but a fiend.
Prior.The Turtle and Sparrow, Line 414.
|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.)
|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.
|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.