all’s well that ends well

all’s well that ends well
Cf. c 1250 Proverbs of Hending in Anglia (1881) IV. 182 Wel is him that wel ende mai.

1381 in J. R. Lumby Chronicon Henrici Knighton (1895) II. 139 If the ende be wele, than is alle wele.

c 1530 R. HILL Commonplace Book (EETS) 110 ‘All ys well that endyth well,’ said the gud wyff.

1602 SHAKESPEARE All’s Well that ends Well IV. iv. 35 All’s Well That Ends Well. Still the fine’s [end’s] the crown.

1836 MARRYAT Midshipman Easy I. vi. I had got rid of the farmer,..bull, and the bees—all’s well that ends well.

1979 G. HAMMOND Dead Game xviii. My rank’s been confirmed. So all’s well that ends well.

2002 Washington Post 25 June C12 Thanks for telling us the rest of the story. All’s well that ends well.


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