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Neither rain nor sleet...

Posted by RRC on October 27, 2007

In Reply to: Neither rain nor sleet... posted by R. Berg on October 27, 2007

: : s there one generally accepted version of the letter carrier phrase "neither rain nor sleet nor snow nor gloom of night shall stay me from my appointed rounds"?

: Yes. The classic version is carved on the main post-office building in Washington, D.C. You can probably find it by Googling a few bits of the phrase plus words like "Washington" and "inscription." Don't use "me" and "my." The original text, as I recall, has "these carriers . . . their appointed rounds." ~rb

Actually, the original is on the General Post Office in New York City. It was adapted/translated from a passage from Herodatus about Persian mail couriers.
See :
Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.