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She stoops to conquer ... origin/meaning?

Posted by Dolphin on August 23, 2000

In Reply to: She stoops to conquer ... origin/meaning? posted by Patty on February 27, 2000

: Does anyone know where the phrase "she stoops to conquer" comes from, and what it originally meant?

The title of Goldsmith's play is inverted from a line from the poet Dryden ('But kneels to Conquer, and but stoops to Rise').