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He bought a Bible of the new translation,
And in his life he show'd great reformation;
He walked mannerly and talked mcekly;
He heard three lectures and two sermons weekly;
He vow'd to shun all companions unruly,
And in his speech he used no oath but "truly;"
And zealously to keep the Sabbath's rest.

SIR JOHN HARRINGTON-Of a Precise Tailor.




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Condemned into everlasting redemption for this. Much Ado About Nothing. Act IV. Sc. 2. L. 58.


Those tall flowering-reeds which stand,
In Arno like a sheaf of sceptres, left
By_some remote dynasty of dead gods.
E. B. BROWNING—Aurora Leigh. Bk. VII.

REFLECTION The next time you go out to a smoking party, young feller, fill your pipe with that 'ere reflection. DICKENSPickwick Papers. Ch. XVI.

(See also RICHMOND ENQUIRER) The solitary side of our nature demands leisure for reflection upon subjects on which the dash and whirl of daily business, so long as its clouds rise thick about us, forbid the intellect to fasten. itself. FROUDE-Short Studies on Great Subjects. Sea

The learn'd reflect on what before they knew.

POPE--Essay on Criticism. Pt. III. L. 180.





My desolation does begin to make
A better life.

Antony and Cleopatra. Act V. Sc. 2. L. 1.
And like bright metal on a sullen ground,
My reformation, glittering o'er my fault,
Shall show more goodly and attract more eyes
Than that which hath no foil to set it off.

Henry IV. Pt. I. Act I. Sc. 2. L. 236.

21 Never came reformation in a flood.

Henry V. Act I. Sc. 1. L. 33. 22

I do not mean to be disrespectful, but the attempt of the Lords to stop the progress of reform, reminds me very forcibly of the great storm of Sidmouth, and of the conduct of the excellent Mrs. Partington on that occasion. In the winter of 1824, there set in a great flood upon that town—the tide rose to an incredible height: the waves rushed in upon the houses, and everything was threatened with destruction. In the midst of this sublime and terrible storm, Dame Partington, who lived upon the beach, was seen at the door of her house with mop and pattens, trundling her mop, squeezing out the sea water, and vigorously pushing away the Atlantic Ocean. The Atlantic was roused. Mrs. Partington's spirit was up; but I need not tell you that the contest was unequal. The Atlantic Ocean beat Mrs. Partington. She was excellent at a slop or a puddle, but she should not have meddled with a tempest. SYDNEY SMITH-Speech at Tuunton. Oct.,


Let the Tribune put all this in its pipe and smoke it. Richmond, Va., Enquirer. Feb. 7. 1860.

(See also DICKENS) For take thy ballaunce if thou be so wise, And weigh the winde that under heaven doth

blow; Or weigh the light that in the east doth rise; Or weigh the thought that from man's mind doth

flow. STENSER-Faerie Queene. Bk. V. Canto II.

St. 43. A soul without reflection, like a pile Without inhabitant, to ruin runs. YOUNGNight Thoughts. Night V. L. 596.

REFORM; REFORMATION Grant that the old Adam in these persons may










REGRET 1 Keen were his pangs, but keener far to feel, He nursed the pinion, which impell’d the steel. BYRON-English Bards and Scotch Reviewers. L. 823.

Thou wilt lament Hereafter, when the evil shall be done And shall admit no cure.

HOMERIliad. Bk. IX. L. 308. BRYANT'S trans.

No simple word That shall be uttered at our mirthful board, Shall make us sad next morning; or affright The liberty that we'll enjoy to-night.


4 O lost days of delight, that are wasted in doubt

ing and waiting! O lost hours and days in which we might bave

been happy! LONGFELLOWTales of a Wayside Inn. Pt.

III. The Theologian's Tale. Elizabeth.


Curva trahit mites, pars pungit acuta rebelles.

The crooked end obedient spirits draws,
The pointed, those rebels who spurn at Chris-

tian laws. BROUGHTON Dictionary of all Religions.

(1756) The croisier is pointed at one end and crooked at the other. “Curva trahit, quos virga regit, pars ultima pungit”; is the Motto on the Episcopal staff said to be preserved at Toulouse.

(See also Bacon under GOVERNMENT) Persecution is a bad and indirect way to plant religion.

Sir THOMAS BROWNE-Religio Medici. XXV. Speak low to me, my Saviour, low and sweet From out the hallelujahs, sweet and low, Lest I should fear and fall, and miss Thee so Who art not missed by any that entreat.

E. B. BROWNINGComfort.

The body of all true religion consists, to be sure, in obedience to the will of the Sovereign of the world, in a confidence in His declarations, and in imitation of His perfections. BURKE-Reflections on the Revolution in




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I coull have better spar'd a better man.

Henry IV. Pt. I. Act V. Sc. 4. L. 104.

But the religion most prevalent in our northern colonies is a refinement on the principle of resistance, it is the dissidence of dissent, and the protestantism of the Protestant religion. .

BURKE-Speeth on Conciliation with America.



RELIGION Children of men! the unseen Power, whose eye

Forever doth accompany mankind,
Hath look'd on no religion scornfully

That men did ever find.
MATTHEW ARNOLD-Progress. St. 10.

The writers against religion, whilst they oppose every system, are wisely careful never to set up any of their own. BURKE-A Vindication of Natural Society.

Preface. Vol. I. P. 7.



There was never law, or sect, or opinion did so much magnify goodness, as the Christain religion doth. Bacon-Essays. Of Goodness, and Goodness of




The greatest vicissitude of things amongst men, is the vicissitude of sects and religions. Bacon Of Vicissitude of Things.

(See also GIFFORD under Song)

People differ in their discourse and profession about these matters, but

men of sense are really but of one religion.

"What religion?” * * * the Earl said, “Men of sense never tell it.” BISHOP BURNET- History of his Own Times.

Vol. I. Bk. I. Sec. 96. Footnote by On-
SLOW, referring to Earl of Shaftesbury.

An Atheist's laugh's a poor exchange

For Deity offended!
BURNS-Epistle to a Young Friend.



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Synods are mystical Bear-gardens,
Where Elders, Deputies, Church-wardens,
And other Members of the Court,
Manage the Babylonish sport.
BUTLER-Hudibras. Pt. I. Canto III. L.

So 'ere the storm of war broke out,
Religion spawn'd a various rout
Of petulant capricious sects,
The maggots of corrupted texts,
That first run all religion down,
And after every swarm its own.

BUTLERHudibras. Pt. III. Canto II. L. 7. 3

There's naught, no doubt, so much the spirit calms as rum and true religion.

BYRON-Don Juan. Canto II. St. 34.

His religion at best is an anxious wish,-like that of Rabelais, a great Perhaps. CARLYLE—Essays. Burns.

(See also RABELAIS under DEATH) 5

On the whole we must repeat the often repeated saying, that it is unworthy a religious man to view an irreligious one either with alarm or aversion; or with any other feeling than regret, and hope, and brotherly commiseration.

CARLYLE-Essays. Voltaire. 6

I realized that ritual will always mean throwing away something; Destroying our corn or wine upon the altar of our gods. G. K. CHESTERTONTremendous Trifles. Sec

ret of a Train. 7 The rigid saint, by whom no mercy's shown To saints whose lives are better than his own.

CHURCHILI-Epistle to Hogarth. L. 25. Deos placatos pietas efficiet et sanctitas.

Piety and holiness of life will propitiate the gods. CICERODe Officiis. II. 3. 9

Res sacros non modo manibus attingi, sed ne cogitatione quidem violari fas fuit.

Things sacred should not only be untouched with the hands, but unviolated in thought. CICEROOrationes in Verrem. II. 4. 45

10 Forth from his dark and lonely hiding place, (Portentous sight!) the owlet atheism, Sailing on obscene wings athwart the noon, Drops his blue-fring'd lids, and holds them close, And hooting at the glorious sun in Heaven, Cries out, "Where is it?"

COLERIDGE-F'ears in Solitude.

Life and the Universe show spontaneity;
Down with ridiculous notions of Deity!

Churches and creeds are lost in the mists;
Truth must be sought with the Positivists.

Men will wrangle for religion; write for it; fight for it; die for it; anything but live for it. C. C. COLTON—Lacon. Vol. I. XXV.

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L'institut des Jesuites est une épée dont la poignée est à Rome et la pointe partout.

The Order of Jesuits is a sword whose handle is at Rome and whose point is every where. ANDRÉ M. J. DUPIN—Procès de tendance.

(1825) Quoted by him as found in a letter to MLLE. VOLAND from ABBÉ RAYNAL. ROUSSEAU quotes it from D'AUBIGNÉ Anti-Coton, who ascribes it to the saying of the Society of Jesus which is "a sword, the blade of which is in France, and the handle in Rome.”


I do not find that the age or country makes the least difference; no, nor the language the actors spoke, nor the religion which they professed, whether Arab in the desert or Frenchman in the Academy, I see that sensible men and conscientious men all over the world were of one religion. EMERSONLectures and Biographical Sketches. The Preacher. P. 215.

(See also BURNET)

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There are at bottom but two possible religions--that which rises in the moral nature of man, and which takes shape in moral commandments, and that which grows out of the observation of the material energies which operate in the external universe. FROUDE-Short Studies on Great Subjects.

Calvinism. P. 20.

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Sacrifice is the first element of religion, and resolves itself in theological language into the love of God. FROUDE-Short Studies on Great Subjects.

Sea Studies.


But our captain counts the image of God, nevertheless, his imagecut in ebony as if done in ivory; and in the blackest Moors he sees the representation of the King of heaven. FULLERHoly and Profane States. The Good

Sea-Captain. Maxim 5. 6

Indeed, a little skill in antiquity inclines a man to Popery; but depth in that study brings him about again to our religion. FULLER-Holy and Profane States. The True

Church Antiquary. Maxim 1. 7 Am I my brother's keeper?

Genesis. IV. . 9.

Should all the banks of Europe crash,

The bank of England smash,
Bring all your notes to Zion's bank,

You're sure to get your cash.
HENRY HOYT Zion's Bank, or Bible Promises

Secured to all Believers. Pub. in Boston, 1857.

Probably a reprint of English origin.
My creed is this:

Happiness is the only good.
The place to be happy is here.
The time to be happy is now.
The way to be happy is to help make others so.
ROBERT G. INGERSOLL-On the Title Page of

Vol. XII. FARRELL's Ed. of his Works. 17

I belong to the Great Church which holds the world within its starlit aisles; that claims the great and good of every race and clime; that finds with joy the grain of gold in every creed, and floods with light and love the 'germs of good in every soul. ROBERT G. INGERSOLL-Declaration in Dis

cussion with REV. HENRY M. FIELD on Faith and Agnosticism. FARRELL's Life. Vol. VI.




We do ourselves wrong, and too meanly estimate the holiness above us, when we deem that any act or enjoyment good in itself, is not good to do religiously.

HAWTHORNEMarble Faun. Bk. II. Ch. VII.

I envy them, those monks of old
Their books they read, and their beads they told.

G. P. R. JAMESThe Monks of Ol.


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God is not dumb, that he should speak no more;
If thou hast wanderings in the wilderness
And find'st not Sinai, 'tis thy soul is poor.


For virtue's self may too much zeal be had;
The worst of madmen is a saint run mad.

POPE-To Murray. Ep. VI. of Horace. L. 26.



But he turned up his nose at their murmuring

and shamming, And cared (shall I say?) not a d-n for their

damning; So they first read him out of their church and

next minute Turned round and declared he had never been

in it. LOWELL-A Fable for Critics. L. 876.

I think while zealots fast and frown,

And fight for two or seven,
That there are fifty roads to town,

And rather more to Heaven.
PRAED—Chant of Brazen Head. St. 8.

He that hath no cross deserves no crown.

(See also PENN) 17

Ils ont les textes pour eux; disait-il, j'en suis faché pour les textes.

They have the texts in their favor; said he, so much the worse for the texts. ROYER-COLLARD—Words of disapproval of the

Fathers of Port Royal on their doctrine of grace.


Tantum religio potuit suadere malorum!

How many evils has religion caused! LUCRETIUSDe Rerum Natura. I. 102.


Blessed is the man that hath not walked in the way of the Sacramentarians, nor sat in the seat of the Zwinglians, nor followed the Council of the Zurichers.

MARTIN LUTHER-Parody of First Psalm.



The Puritan hated bear-baiting, not because it gave pain to the bear, but because it gave pleasure to the spectators. MACAULAY-History of England. Vol. I. Ch.


Humanity and Immortality consist neither in reason, nor in love; not in the body, nor in the animation of the heart of it, nor in the thoughts and stirrings of the brain of it;—but in the dedication of them all to Him who will raise them up at the last day.

RUSKIN–Stones of Venice. Vol I. Ch. II.



No pain, no palm; no thorns, no throne; no gall,

no glory; no cross, no crown. WILLIAM PENNNo Cross, No Crown.

(See also QUARLES)
It was a friar of orders grey

Walked forth to tell his beads.
Thos. PERCYThe Friar of Orders Grey.

Religion is like the fashion, one man wears his doublet slashed, another laced, another plain; but every man has a doublet; so every man has a religion. We differ about the trimming. JOHN SELDENTable Talk. P. 157. (Ed.




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(Lord Shaftesbury said] "All wise men are of the same religion.” Whereupon a lady in the

demanded what that religion was. To whom Lord Shaftesbury straight replied, "Madam, wise men never tell." LORD SHAFTESBURY (Said by first and third

XIII. Attributed to SAMUEL ROGERS by
FROUDE-Short Studies on Great Subjects.
Plea for the Free Discussion of Theological
Difficulties. Attributed also to FRANKLIN.

(See also BURNET)

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I always thought
It was both impious and unnatural
That such immanity and bloody strife
Should reign among professors of one faith.
Henry VI. Pt. I. Act V. Sc. 1. L. 11.

In religion,
What damned error, but some sober brow
Will bless it and approve it with a text.

Merchant of Venice. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 77.

23 The moon of Mahomet Arose, and it shall set: While, blazoned as on heaven's immortal noon, The cross leads generations on.

SHELLEY-Hellas. L. 237.

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