In Reply to: Safe and sound posted by P on September 16, 2008 at 09:45:
: What is the origin of the phrase "safe and sound"?
"Sound" here means "whole, undamaged". It's not a literary quotation, just a customary phrase. Anybody can see that while it's good to come out of a dangerous situation safe, it's even better to come out of it both safe and sound. (VSD)