no cross, no crown

no cross, no crown
Cross is used here punningly as in crosses are ladders that lead to heaven.

1609 T. BRETNOR Almanac March, Good days A crosse before a Crowne.

1621 F. QUARLES History of Queene Ester: Meditations ix. The way to Blisse lyes not on beds of Downe, And he that had no Crosse, deserues no Crowne.

1669 W. PENN (title) No Cross no Crown.

1944 ‘A. GILBERT’ Death at Door (1945) xiii. 135 They were always at loggerheads, those two. No Cross, No Crown, that’s their motto.

1996 L. ANDREWS Sinister Side vii. 123 He sighed piteously. ‘I suppose I’ll have to hang on for it.’ ‘No cross, no crown, Julian.’ He realised he had overplayed the martyr.


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