the darkest hour is just before the dawn

1650 T. FULLER Pisgah Sight II. xi. It is always darkest just before the Day dawneth.

1760 in J. Wesley Journal (1913) IV. 498 It is usually darkest before day break. You shall shortly find pardon.

1897 J. MCCARTHY Hist. our Own Times V. iii. Ayoob Khan now laid siege to Candahar... As so often happens in the story of England’s struggles in India, the darkest hour proved to be that just before the dawn.

2002 Washington Times 4 Feb. B5 It is always darkest before the dawn, the old saying goes, and often a declarer reaches a dark point during the early play that precedes his ultimate step toward victory.


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