God makes the back to the burden

1822 COBBETT Weekly Register 12 Jan. 94 As ‘God has made the back to the burthen,’ so the clay and coppice people make the dress to the stubs and bushes.

1839 DICKENS Nicholas Nickleby xviii. Heaven suits the back to the burden.

1939 E. F. BENSON Trouble for Lucia ii. ‘Spare yourself a bitty’ I’ve said, and always she’s replied ‘Heaven fits the back to the burden.’

1979 E. ANTHONY Grave of Truth viii. So many questions and nobody to answer them; it was a true penance for her... God made the back for the burden... An Irish nun..had taught them that saying from her native land.

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