Don't try to change the inevitable.
Apparently, this expression is first found in The Tale of Beryn. Beryn is one of a handful of spurious additions to Geoffrey Chaucer's late 14th century Canterbury Tales. The Tale of Beryn is believed to be a 15th century adaptation of Berinus, a French romance written in the mid 14th century.
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