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Nihil ita sublime est, supraque pericula tendit Non sit ut inferius suppositumque deo.

Nothing is so high and above all danger that is not below and in the power of God. OVID—Tristium. IV. 8. 47.

2 Fear God. Honour the King.

I Peter. II. 17.

I fear God, dear Abner, and I have no other fear.

RACINE-Athalie. Act I. Sc. 1. (See also FORDYCE, SMYTH, also BISMARCK under



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There is no respect of persons

with God. Romans. II. 11. Acts X. 34.

19 Fear of God before their eyes.

Romans. III. 18.

20 If God be for us, who can be against us?

Romans. VIII. 31.

21 Give us a God-a living God,

One to wake the sleeping soul, One to cleanse the tainted blood

Whose pulses in our bosoms roll.

C. G. ROSENBERGThe Winged Horn. St. 7. We may scavenge the dross of the nation, we may

shudder past bloody sod, But we thrill to the new revelation that we are

parts of God. ROBERT HAVEN SCHAUFFLER-New Gods for





Est profecto deus, qui, quæ nos gerimus, auditque et videt.

There is indeed a God that hears and sees whate'er we do. PLAUTUS—Captivi. II. 2. 63.

7 Laugh where we must, be candid where we can, But vindicate the ways of God to man. POPE- Essay on Man. Ep. I. L. 15.

(See also MILTON) Lo, the poor Indian! whose untutored mind Sees God in clouds, or hears him in the wind.

POPE—Essay on Man. Ep. I. L. 99.




To Him no high, no low, no great, no small; He fills, He bounds, connects and equals all!

Pope-Essay on Man. Ep. I. L. 277.


He mounts the storm, and walks upon the wind. POPE-Essay on Man. Ep. II. L. 110.

(See also COWPER)


Slave to no sect, who takes no private road, But looks through nature up to nature's God.

POPE—Essay on Man. Ėp. IV. L. 330.

12 He from thick films shall purge the visual ray, And on the sightless eyeball pour the day.


Es lebt ein Gott zu strafen und zu rächen.
There is a God to punish and avenge.
SCHILLER—Wilhelm Tell. IV. 3. 37.

Nihil ab illo [i.e. a Deo) vacat; opus suum ipse implet.

Nothing is void of God; He Himself fills His work. SENECA-De Beneficiis. IV. 8.

Deum non immolationibus et sanguine multo colendum: quæ enim ex trucidatione immerentium voluptas est? sed mente pura, bono honestoque proposito. Non templa illi, congestis in altitudinem saxis, struenda sunt; in suo cuique consecrandus est pectore.

God is not to be worshipped with sacrifices and blood; for what pleasure can He have in the slaughter of the innocent? but with a pure mind, a good and honest purpose. Temples are not to be built for Him with stones piled on high; God is to be consecrated in the breast of each.

SENECA-Fragment. V. 204. God is our fortress, in whose conquering name Let us resolve to scale their flinty bulwarks. Henry VI. Pt. II. Act II. Sc. 1. L. 26.

(See also LUTHER)

God shall be my hope, My stay, my guide and lantern to my feet.

Henry VI. Pt. II. Act II. Sc. 3. L. 24.

And to add greater honours to his age Than man could give him, he died fearing God.

Henry VIII. Act IV. Sc. 2. L. 67.

29 God helps those who help themselves. ALGERNON SIDNEY-Discourse Concerning Gov

ernment. Ch. II. OVID-Metamorphoses. X. 586. PLINY THE ELDER, viewing the Eruption of Vesuvius, Aug., 79. SCHILLER



Thou Great First Cause, least understood.

POPE-Universal Prayer.



The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth his handiwork.

Psalms. XIX. 1. 15 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

Psalms. XXIII. 2.


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The divine essence itself is love and wisdom. SWEDENBORG-Divine Love and Wisdom. Par.




God, the Great Giver, can open the whole universe to our gaze in the narrow space of a single lane.


I believe that there is no God, but that matter is God and God is matter; and that it is no matter whether there is any God or no. The Unbeliever's Creed. Connoisseur No. LX, March 28, 1754.

(See also BYRON under MIND) Si genus humanum et mortalia temnitis arma, At sperate deos memores fandi atque nefandi.

If ye despise the human race, and mortal arms, yet remember that there is a God who is mindful of right and wrong. VERGIL-Æneid. I. 542.



Ha sotto i piedi il Fato e la Natura.
Ministri umili; e'l moto e chi'l misura.

Under whose feet (subjected to His grace),
Sit nature, fortune, motion, time, and place.
Tasso Gerusalemme. LX. 56.





At last I heard a voice upon the slope
Cry to the summit, “Is there any hope?''
To which an answer pealed from that high land,
But in a tongue no man could understand;
And on the glimmering limit far withdrawn,
God made himself an awful rose of dawn.

TENNYSON-Vision of Sin. V.
I fled Him, down the nights and down the days;

I fled Him, down the arches of the years; I fled Him, down the labyrinthine ways

Of my own mind; and in the midst of tears I hid from Him, and under running laughter. FRANCIS THOMPSON—The Hound of Heaven.

But I lose Myself in Him, in Light ineffable! Come then, expressive Silence, muse His praise. These, as they change, Almighty Father, these Are but the varied God. The rolling Year Is full of Thee. THOMSON-Hymn. L. 116.

What, but God? Inspiring God! who boundless Spirit all, And unremitting Energy, pervades, Adjusts, sustains, and agitates the whole.

THOMSONThe Seasons. Spring. L. 849.

Si Dieu n'existait pas, il faudrait l'inventer.

If there were no God, it would be necessary to invent him. VOLTAIRE - Epitre à l'Auteur du Livre des

Trois Imposteurs. CXI. See Euvres Com-
plètes de Voltaire. Vol. I. P. 1076. Ed.
Didot, 1827. Also in letter to FREDERICK,
Prince Royal of Prussia.

(See also EURIPIDES, TILLOTSON) Je voudrais que vous écrasassiez l'infâme.

I wish that you would crush this infamy. VOLTAIRE to D'ALEMBERT June 23, 1760.

Attributed to VOLTAIRE by ABBÉ BARRUCH -Memoirs Illustrating the History of Jacob inism. Generally quoted "Écrasez l'infâme.” A. DE MORGAN contends that the popular idea that it refers to God is incorrect. It refers probably to the Roman Catholic Church, or the traditions in the church.




God on His throne is eldest of poets:

Unto His measures moveth the Whole. WILLIAM WATSONEngland my Mother. Pt. II.



The being of God is so comfortable, so convenient, so necessary to the felicity of Mankind, that, (as Tully admirably says) Dii immortales ad usum hominum fabricati pene videantur, if God were not a necessary being of himself, he might almost seem to be made on purpose for the use and benefit of men. ARCHBISHOP TILLOTSON-Works. Sermon 93.

Vol. I. P. 696. (Ed. 1712) Probable

origin of Voltaire's phrase. (See also VOLTAIRE, also MILLAUD under DEATH

and Ovid under Gods.)

The God I know of, I shall ne'er

Know, though he dwells exceeding nigh. Raise thou the stone and find me there,

Cleave thou the wood and there am I. Yea, in my flesh his spirit doth flow, Too near, too far, for me to know. WILLIAM WATSONThe Unknown God. Third

and fourth lines are from "newly discovered sayings of Jesus.” Probably an ancient

Oriental proverb. 20 The Somewhat which we name but cannot know.

Ev'n as we name a star and only see


Its quenchless flashings forth, which ever show

And ever hide him, and which are not he. WILLIAM WATSON–Wordsworth's Grave. I.

St. 6.



God is and all is well.
WHITTIER—My Birthday.

(See also BROWNING)
I know not where His islands lift

Their fronded palms in air;
I only know I cannot drift

Beyond His love and care.
WHITTIERThe Eternal Goodness. St. 20.

A God all mercy is a God unjust.

YOUNG—Night Thoughts. Night IV. L. 234. By night an atheist half believes a God.

YOUNG-Night Thoughts. Night V. L. 177. A Deity believed, is joy begun; A Deity adored, is joy advanced; A Deity beloved, is joy matured. Each branch of piety delight inspires. YOUNG-Night Thoughts. Night VIII. L.


The Graces, three erewhile, are three no more;
A fourth is come with perfume sprinkled o'er.
'Tis Berenice blest and fair; were she
Away the Graces would no Graces be.

Two goddesses now must Cyprus adore;
The Muses are ten, and the Graces are four;
Stella's wit is so charming, so sweet her fair face,
She shines a new Venus, a Muse, and a Grace.

Swift's rendering. See MELEAGER OF GADARA, in Anthologia Græca. IX. 16. Vol. II. P. 62. (Ed. 1672)

(See also GREEK ANTHOLOGY) Omnia fanda, nefanda, malo permista furore, Justificam nobis mentem avertere deorum.

The confounding of all right and wrong, in wild fury, has averted from us the gracious favor of the gods. CATULLUS—Carmina. LXIV. 406.




O dii immortales! ubinam gentium sumus?

Ye immortal gods! where in the world are we? CICERO In Catilinam. 1. 4.




Never, believe me,
Appear the Immortals,
Never alone.
COLERIDGEThe Visits of the Gods. Imitated

from Schiller.

A God alone can comprehend a God.
YOUNG-Night Thoughts. Night IX. L. 835.

Thou, my all!
My theme! my inspiration! and my crown!
My strength in age my rise in low estate!
My soul's ambition, pleasure, wealth.my

world! My light in darkness! and my life in death! My boast through time! bliss through eternity! Eternity, too short to speak thy praise! Or fathom thy profound of love to man!

YOUNG-Night Thoughts. Night IV. L. 586.

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Though man sits still, and takes his ease,

God is at work on man;
No means, no moment unemploy'd,

To bless him, if he can.
YOUNG—Resignation. Pt. I. St. 119.


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Creator Venus, genial power of love,
The bliss of men below, and gods above!
Beneath the sliding sun thou runn'st thy race,
Dost fairest shine, and best become thy place;
For thee the winds their eastern blasts forbear,
Thy mouth reveals the spring, and opens all the

Thee, goddess, thee, the storms of winter fly,
Earthsmiles with flowers renewing, laughs thesky.
DRYDENPalamon and Arcite. Bk. III. L.



Cupid is a casuist, a mystic, and a cabalist,
Can your lurking thought surprise,
And interpret your device,




All things wait for and divine him,-
How shall I dare to malign him?
EMERSONInitial Dæmonic and Celestial Love.

Pt. I.


And that dismal cry rose slowly

And sank slowly through the air, Full of spirit's melancholy

And eternity's despair!
And they heard the words it said-
Pan is dead! great Pan is dead!

Pan, Pan is dead!
E. B. BROWNING—The Dead Pan.

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Nec deus intersit nisi dignus vindice nodus.

Nor let a god come in, unless the difficulty be worthy of such an intervention. HORACE-Ars Poetica. CXCI.

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Some thoughtlessly proclaim the Muses nine:
A tenth is Sappho, maid divine.
In Greek Anthology.

Though men determine, the gods do dispose.
GREENE–Perimedes. (1588)

(See also LANGLAND under God) There's a one-eyed yellow idol to the north of

Khatmandu, There's a little marble cross below the town, There's a broken-hearted woman tends the grave

of Mad Carew, And the yellow god forever gazes down. J. MILTON HAYESThe Green Eye of the Yellow


Junctæque Nymphis Gratiæ decentes.

And joined with the Nymphs the lovely Graces. HORACE_Carmina. I. 4. 6.

Di me tuentur.

The gods my protectors.
HORACE—Carmina. I. 17. 13.

Neque semper arcum
Tendit Apollo.

Nor does Apollo keep his bow continually drawn. HORACE_Carmina. II. 10.




The heathen in his blindness
Bows down to wood and stone.

REGINALD HEBER—Missionary Hymn.

Quanto quisque sibi plura negaverit,
A dis plura feret.

The more we deny ourselves, the more the gods supply our wants. HORACECarmina. III. 16. 21.



Scire, deos quoniam propius contingis, oportet.

Thou oughtest to know, since thou livest near the gods. HORACE-Satires. XXI. 6. 52.



Who hearkens to the gods, the gods give ear. HOMER-Iliad. Bk. I. L. 280. BRYANT'S trans.

The son of Saturn gave The nod with his dark brows. The ambrosial

curls Upon the Sovereign One's immortal head Were shaken, and with them the mighty mount, Olympus trembled. HOMERIliad. Bk. I. L. 666. BRYANT'S


Of Pan we sing, the best of leaders Pan,

That leads the Naiads and the Dryads forth; And to their dances more than Hermes can, Hear, O you groves, and hills resound his

worth. BEN JONSON-Pan's Anniversary Hymn.



Shakes his ambrosial curls, and gives the nod, The stamp of fate, and sanction of the god.

HOMER—Iliad. Bk. I. L. 684. POPE's trans.

10 The ox-eyed awful Juno. HOMER-Iliad. Bk. III. L. 144, also Bk. VII.

L. 10; Bk. XVIII. L. 40.

Nam pro jucundis aptissima quæque dabunt di, Carior est illis homo quam sibi.

For the gods, instead of what is most pleasing, will give what is most proper. Man is dearer to them than he is to himself. JUVENALSatires. X. 349.




Yet verily these issues lie on the lap of the gods. HOMER-Iliad. Bk. XVII. 514. Odyssey. I.

267. BUTCHER and LANG's trans. That lies in the laps of the gods. (Nearest to the original, which is “in” not "on.") Other

translations are: But these things in the God's Knees are repos’d. And yet the period of these designes, lye in the

Knees of Gods. It lies in the lap of the Norns. (Fates.] From

the Scandinavian.

To that large utterance of the early gods!

KEATSHyperion. Bk. I. High in the home of the summers, the seats of

the happy immortals, Shrouded in knee deep blaze, unapproachable;

there ever youthful Hebé, Harmonié, and the daughter of Jove,

Aphrodité, Whirled in the white-linked dance, with the gold

crowned Hours and Graces. CHARLES KINGSLEY--Andromeda. Le trident de Neptune est le sceptre du monde.

The trident of Neptune is the sceptre of the world. LEMIERRE.


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Le seigneur Jupiter sait dorer la pilule.

My lord Jupiter knows how to gild the pill.
MOLIÈRE-Amphitryon. III. 11.


Hoeder, the blind old god
Whose feet are shod with silence.

LONGFELLOW-Tegner's Drapa. St. 6.

Janus am I; oldest of potentates!
Forward I look and backward and below
I count-as god of avenues and gates
The years that through my portals come and go.
I block the roads and drift the fields with snow,
I chase the wild-fowl from the frozen fen;
My frosts congeal the rivers in their flow,
My fires light up the hearths and hearts of men.
LONGFELLOW-Written for the Children's Al-


Man is certainly stark mad; he cannot make a flea, and yet he will be making gods by dozens. MONTAIGNE-Apology for Raimond Sebond.

Bk. II. Ch. XII.


To be a god
First I must be a god-maker:

We are what we create.
JAMES OPPENHEIM-Jottings. To Be a God.

In War and Laughter.




Estne Dei sedes nisi terra, et pontus, et aer, Expedit esse deos: et, ut expedit, esse putemus. Et ccelum, et virtus? Superos quid quærimus It is expedient there should be gods, and as ultra?

it is expedient, let us believe them to exist. Jupiter est, quodcunque vides, quodcunque mo

OVID-Ars Amatoria. Bk. I. L. 637. Acveris.

cording to TERTULLIAN-Ad Nationes. Bk. Has God any habitation except earth, and II. Ch. 2, DIOGENES said, “I do not know, sea, and air, and heaven, and virtue? Why do

only there ought to be gods.” we seek the highest beyond these? Jupiter is

(See also TILLOTSON under God) wheresoever you look, wheresoever you move. LUCANUS-Pharsalia. Bk. IX. 578.

Vilia miretur vulgus; mihi flavus Apollo 4 4

Pocula Castalia plena ministret aqua. A boy of five years old serene and gay,

Let the crowd delight in things of no value; Unpitying Hades hurried me away.

to me let the golden-haired Apollo minister Yet weep not for Callimachus: if few

full cups from the Castalian spring (the founThe days I lived, few were my sorrows too.

tain of Parnassus). LUCIAN—In Greek Anthology.

OVID—Amorum. Bk. I. 15. 35.

Motto on title-page of Shakespeare's "Venus Apparet divom numen, sedesque quietæ;

and Adonis." Another reading: "Castaliæ Quas neque concutiunt ventei, nec nubila nim

aquæ,” of the Castalian spring. beis. Aspergunt, neque nix acri concreta pruina The god we now behold with opened eyes, Cana cadens violat; semper sine nubibus æther A herd of spotted panthers round him lies Integer, et large diffuso lumine ridet.

In glaring forms; the grapy clusters spread The gods and their tranquil abodes appear,

On his fair brows, and dangle on his head. which no winds disturb, nor clouds bedew with

OVID-Metamorphoses. Bk. III. L. 789. ADshowers, nor does the white snow, hardened by

DISON's trans.
frost, annoy them; the heaven, always pure, is
without clouds, and smiles with pleasant light Jocos et Dii amant.

Even the gods love jokes.
LUCRETIUS—De Rerum Natura. III. 18. PLATO—Cratylus. (Trans. from Greek.)





No wonder Cupid is a murderous boy;
A fiery archer making pain his joy.
His dam, while fond of Mars, is Vulcan's wife,
And thus 'twixt fire and sword divides her life.

MELEAGER—In Greek Anthology.

The Graces sought some holy ground,

Whose sight should ever please;
And in their search the soul they found

Of Aristophanes.
PLATO--In Greek Anthology.




Deus ex machina.

A god from a machine (artificial or mechan-
ical contrivance).
MENANDER. (From the Greek.) Theop. 5.

LUCAN —Hermo. PLATO Bratylus. 425.
Quoted by SOCRATES.

Who knows not Circe,
The daughter of the Sun, whose charmed cup
Whoever tasted, lost his upright shape,
And downward fell into a groveling swine?

MOTON—Comus. L. 50.

Di nos quasi pilas homines habent.

The gods play games with men as balls.
PLAUTUS—Captivi Prologue. XXII.

(See also KING LEAR)
Cui homini dii propitii sunt aliquid objiciunt

The gods give that man some profit to whom
they are propitious.
PLAUTUS-Persa. IV. 3. 1.

Miris modis Di ludos faciunt hominibus.

In wondrous ways do the gods make sport
with men.
PLAUTUS—Rudens. Act III. 1. 1; Mercator.

Act II. (See also KING LEAR)

That moly That Hermes once to wise Ulysses gave.

MILTON—Comus. L. 637.

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