from the Slough of Despond, deep bog into which Christian falls on the way from the City of Destruction and from which Help saves him in the allegory Pilgrim's Progress (1678) by John Bunyan
1776, in the meaning defined above
slough of despond
“Slough of despond.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/slough%20of%20despond. Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.
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