hanging and wiving go by destiny

1546 J. HEYWOOD Dialogue of Proverbs I. iii. Weddyng is desteny, And hangyng lykewise.

1596 SHAKESPEARE Merchant of Venice II. ix. 82 The ancient saying is no heresy: Hanging and wiving goes by destiny.

1678 S. BUTLER Hudibras II. i. 270 If Matrimony and Hanging go By Dest’ny, why not Whipping too?

1738 SWIFT Polite Conversation i. 78 ’Twas her Fate; they say, Marriage and Hanging go by destiny.

1951 E. MARSHALL Viking iii. King Alfred said that wiving and hanging go by destiny.


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