If weakness may excuse, What murderer, what traitor, parricide, Incestuous, sacrilegious, but may plead it? All wickedness is weakness; that plea, therefore, With God or man will gain thee no remission. MiltonSamson Agonistes. L. 831.
Heaven forming each on other to depend, A master, or a servant, or a friend, Bids each on other for assistance call, Till one mans weakness grows the strength of all. PopeEssay on Man. Ep. II. L. 249.
Even the weakest is thrust to the wall. In Scogins Tests. (1540). The weakest goeth to the wall. Title of a play printed 1600, and 1618. The weakest goes to the wall. TuvillEssays Morall. (1609).