Page images







-Wallenstein's Death. I. 7. 32. ORDERI-
CUS VITALIS-Ecclesiastica Historia. Bk. Quis cælum possit nisi cæli munera nosse?
III. (1075)

Et reperire deum nisi qui pars ipse deorum est? (See also ALCUIN, ANACHARSIS, ARISTO, À Who can know heaven except by its gifts? KEMPIS)

and who can find out God, unless the man who

is himself an emanation from God? Sire, je n'avais besoin de cet hypothèse.

MANILIUS--Astronomica. II. 115. Sire, I had no need for that hypothesis.

12 LA PLACE to NAPOLEON, who asked why God The Lord who gave us Earth and Heaven

was not mentioned in Traite de la Mécha Takes that as thanks for all He's given. nique Céleste.

The book he lent is given back 2

All blotted red and smutted black. Denn Gott lohnt Gutes, hier gethan, auch hier MASEFIELD-Everlasting Mercy. St. 27. noch.

13 For God rewards good deeds done here below One sole God; --rewards them here.

One sole ruler,-his Law; LESSING—Nathan der Weise. I. 2.

One sole interpreter of that law-Humanity.

MAZZINILife and Writings. Young Europe. "We trust, Sir, that God is on our side." "It General Principles. No. 1. is more important to know that we are on God's side.”

Too wise to be mistaken still LINCOLN-Reply to deputation of Southerners Too good to be unkind. during Civil War.

SAMUEL MEDLEY-Hymn of God. (See also WHATELY Under TRUTH)

(See also EAST) God had sifted three kingdoms to find the

What in me is dark, wheat for this planting.

Illumine; what is low, raise and support; LONGFELLOWThe Courtship of Milés Stand That to the height of

this great argument ish. IV.

I may assert eternal Providence,

And justify the ways of God to men. An' you've gut to git up airly

MILTON—Paradise Lost. Bk. I. L. 22. Ef you want to take in God.

(See also POPE) LOWELL-The Biglow Papers. First Series. No. 1. St. 5.

These are thy glorious works, Parent of good.

MILTON-Paradise Lost. Bk. V. L. 153. Estne dei sedes nisi terra et pontus et aër Et coelum et virtus? Superos quid quærimus 17

Who best ultra?

Bear his mild yoke, they serve him best: his state Jupiter est quodcumque vides, quodcumque Is kingly; thousands at his bidding speed, moveris.

And post o'er land and ocean without rest. Is there any other seat of the Divinity than MILTON-Sonnet. On His Blindness. the earth, sea, air, the heavens, and virtuous minds? why do we seek God elsewhere? He is Gott-trunkener Mensch. whatever you see; he is wherever you move. A God-intoxicated man. LUCAN-Pharsalia. IX. 578.

Novalis (of Spinoza). 7

19 Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott

Trumpeter, sound for the splendour of God! Ein gute Wehr und Waffen, Er hilft uns frei aus aller Not,

Trumpeter, rally us, up to the heights of it! Die uns jetzt hat betroffen.

Sound for the City of God. A mighty fortress is our God,

ALFRED Noyes— Trumpet Call. Last lines. A bulwark never failing, Our helper he amid the flood

Est deus in nobis; et sunt commercia cæli. Of mortal ills prevailing.

There is a God within us and intercourse MARTIN LUTHER-Ein feste Burg. Trans. by with heaven. F. H. HEDGE.

OVID—Ars Amatoria. Bk. III. 549.

(Milton's "Looks commercing with the skies" I fear no foe with Thee at hand to bless;

said to be inspired by this phrase.) Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness.

(See also Mimon under EYES) HENRY FRANCIS LYTE--Eventide.

21 9

Est deus in nobis: agitante calescimus illo. A voice in the wind I do not know;

There is a God within us, and we glow when A meaning on the face of the high hills

he stirs us. Whose utterance I cannot comprehend.

OVID—Fasti. Bk. VI. 5. A something is behind them: that is God.

22 GEORGE MacDONALD-Within and Without. Sed tamen ut fuso taurorum sanguine centum, Pt. I. Sc. 1.

Sic capitur minimo thuris honore deux.

As God is propitiated by the blood of a hunExemplumque dei quisque est in imagine parva. dred bulls, so also is he by the smallest offering

Every one is in a small way the image of God. of incense.
MANILIUS-Astronomica. IV. 895.

OVIDTristium. II. 75.










William Tell. I. 2. SIMONIDES is quoted as author by CLAUDIAN. SOPHOCLES Rock of Ages, cleft for me, Fragments. TERENCE-Phormio. I. 4. Let me hide myself in thee. VERGIL--Æneid. X. 284. Quoted as a AUGUSTUS TOPLADY- Living and Dying Prayer. proverb by old and modern writers.

"Rock of Ages" is trans. from the Hebrew of

"everlasting strength.” Isaiah. XXVI. 4. From Piety, whose soul sincere

(See also BREVINT) Fears God, and knows no other fear.

12 W. SMYTH-Ode for the Installation of the Duke None but God can satisfy the longings of an of Gloucester as Chancellor of Cambridge. immortal soul; that as the heart was made for (See also RACINE)

Him, so He only can fill it. 2

RICHARD CHENEVIX TRENCH-Notes on the Ad majorem Dei gloriam.

Parables. Prodigal Son. For the greater

glory of God. Motto of the Society of Jesus.

God, from a beautiful necessity, is Love. 3

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

14 28.

I believe that there is no God, but that matter

is God and God is matter; and that it is no matter God, the Great Giver, can open the whole whether there is any God or no. universe to our gaze in the narrow space of a

The Unbeliever's Creed. Connoisseur No. IX, single lane.

March 28, 1754. ŘABINDRANATH TAGORE- Jivan-smitri.

(See also BYRON under MIND) 5 Ha sotto i piedi il Fato e la Natura.

Si genus humanum et mortalia temnitis arma, Ministri umili; e'l moto e chi'l misura.

At sperate deos memores fandi atque nefandi. Under whose feet (subjected to His grace), If ye despise the human race, and mortal Sit nature, fortune, motion, time, and place. arms, yet remember that there is a God who Tasso Gerusalemme. LX. 56.

is mindful of right and wrong. 6

VERGIL-Æneid. I. 542.
At last I heard a voice upon the slope
Cry to the summit, "Is there any hope?".

Si Dieu n'existait pas, il faudrait l'inventer.
To which an answer pealed from that high land, If there were no God, it would be necessary
But in a tongue no man could understand;

to invent him. And on the glimmering limit far withdrawn, VOLTAIRE — Epitre à l'Auteur du Livre des God made himself an awful rose of dawn.

Trois Imposteurs. CXI. See Euvres ComTENNYSON-Vision of Sin. V.

plètes de Voltaire. Vol. I. P. 1076. Ed. 7

Didot, 1827. Also in letter to FREDERICK, I fled Him, down the nights and down the days;

Prince Royal of Prussia. I fled Him, down the arches of the years;

(See also EURIPIDES, TILLOTSON) I fled Him, down the labyrinthine ways Of my own mind; and in the midst of tears

Je voudrais que vous écrasassiez l'infâme. I hid from Him, and under running laughter.

I wish that you would crush this infamy. FRANCIS THOMPSONThe Hound of Heaven.

VOLTAIRE to D'ALEMBERT June 23, 1760. 8 But I lose

Attributed to VOLTAIRE by ABBÉ BARRUCH Myself in Him, in Light ineffable!

-Memoirs Illustrating the History of JacobCome then, expressive Silence, muse His praise. inism. Generally quoted "Écrasez l'inThese, as they change, Almighty Father, these fâme." A. DE MORGAN contends that the Are but the varied God. The rolling Year

popular idea that it refers to God is incorrect. Is full of Thee.

It refers probably to the Roman Catholic THOMSON-Hymn. L. 116.

Church, or the traditions in the church. What, but God? Inspiring God! who boundless Spirit all,

God on His throne is eldest of poets:

Unto His measures moveth the Whole.
And unremitting Energy, pervades,
Adjusts, sustains, and agitates the whole.

WILLIAM WATSONEngland my Mother. Pt. II. THOMSONThe Seasons. Spring. L. 849. 10

The God I know of, I shall ne'er The being of God is so comfortable, so conven

Know, though he dwells exceeding nigh. ient, so necessary to the felicity of Mankind, Raise thou the stone and find me there, that, (as Tully admirably says) Dii immortales

Cleave thou the wood and there am 1. ad usum hominum fabricati pene videantur, if Yea, in my flesh his spirit doth flow, God were not a necessary being of himself, he

Too near, too far, for me to know. might almost seem to be made on purpose for

WILLIAM WATSONThe Unknown God. Third the use and benefit of men.

and fourth lines are from "newly discovered ARCHBISHOP TILLOTSON-Works. Sermon 93. sayings of Jesus.” Probably an ancient

Vol. I. P. 696. (Ed. 1712) Probable Oriental proverb. origin of Voltaire's phrase.

20 (See also VOLTAIRE, also MILLAUD under DEATH The Somewhat which we name but cannot know. and Ovid under Gods.)

Ey'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,

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.

[blocks in formation]


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.


GODS (THE) Great is Diana of the Ephesians. Acts. XIX.. 28.

The Ethiop gods have Ethiop, lips,

Bronze cheeks, and woolly hair;
The Grecian gods are like the Greeks,

As keen-eyed, cold and fair.
WALTER BAGEHOT-Literary Studies. II. 410.

Ignorance of Man.
Speak of the gods as they are.


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.


[blocks in formation]



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.

[blocks in formation]
[blocks in formation]

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.

[ocr errors]


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.


[blocks in formation]
« PreviousContinue »