A similar sentiment was expressed by a Mrs Cornish
, apparently (about whom I can find nothing but that she was a generation earlier than the novelist A.C. Benson
, 1862-1925). When under the stress
es of life she is reported to have drawn herself up to her full height and consoled
herself with the reflection that
I am an Englishwoman;
I was born in wedlock;
I am on dry land.
Source for the name of Mrs Cornish: http://www.johnsandoe.com/review_2161.htm. I have known the expression for a long time, but this is the only reference to it I can find on the Web.