One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Social or political harmony.‘the relationship was by no means all sweetness and light’
- ‘Underlying Arnoldian ideals of sweetness and light was a concern for social unity mingled with national pride.’
- 1.1 Good-natured benevolence.‘when he's around she's all sweetness and light’
Taken from Swift and used with aesthetic or moral reference, first by Arnold in Culture and Anarchy (1869).
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