Posted by ESC on March 07, 2003
In Reply to: Fresh fields to conquer posted by Harikrishnan Menon on March 07, 2003
: : Fresh fields
: : What is the origin of this fairly common phrase?
: In 'Lycidas' , John Milton wrote: "At last he rose, and twitched his mantle blue; Tomorrow to fresh woods, and pastures new." This is commonly misquoted as "fresh fields", probably because of the alliteration. And 'She Stoops To Conquer' is a play by Oliver Goldsmith. Perhaps someone combined the two and came up with "fresh fields to conquer"!
I have heard "new worlds to conquer."