Posted by Bruce Kahl on May 11, 2007
In Reply to: All is forgiven posted by Chris on May 11, 2007
: Where is the phrase "Come back x, all is forgiven" first recorded? It's obviously a very fixed and widespread formula but I've never seen any research into it.
Substituting an asterisk for your x in Google and putting it all in quotation marks--"Come back * all is forgiven"--brings up tons of hits.