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Darby and Joan

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A loving, old-fashioned, virtuous couple. The names belong to a ballad written by Henry Woodfall, and the characters are those of John Darby, of Bartholomew Close, who died 1730, and his wife, “As chaste as a picture cut in alabaster. You might sooner move a Scythian rock than shoot fire into her bosom.” Woodfall served his apprenticeship to John Darby.

“Perhaps some day or other we may be Darby and Joan.”—Lord Lytton.

⁂ The French equivalent is Cʹest St. Roch et son chien.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Danse
Dansker
Dante and Beatrice
Dantesque
Daphnaida
Daphne
Daphnis
Dapper
Dapple
Darbies
Darby and Joan
Darbyites
Darics (or) Stateres Darici
Dariolet, Dariolette (French)
Darius
Dark
Dark Ages
Dark Continent (The)
Dark Horse (A)
Darkest Hour is that before the Dawn (The)
Darky

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Darby and Joan