|The nearer the church, the further from God.|
Bishop AndrewsSermon on the Nativity before James I. (1622). Proverb quoted by FullerWorthies. II. 5. (Ed. 1811).
|To Kerke the narre, from God more farre.|
As quoted by SpenserShepherds Calendar. (July, 1579). Douse MS. 52. 15. (1450). See Murray, N.E.D. Used by SwiftLegion Club. Note. HeywoodProverbs. Given also in Ray as French. Known to Germans and Italians.
| Where Christ erecteth his church, the divell in the same church-yarde will have his chappell.|
BancroftAnti-Puritan Sermon. Feb. 9, 1588. Martin LutherVon den Conciliis und Kirchen. Werke. 23. 378. (Ed. 1826). MelbanckePhilotimus. Sig. E. 1. Charles AleynHistorie of that Wise and Fortunate Prince Henrie. (1638). P. 136. Dr. John DoveThe Conversion of Salomon. Attributed to Erasmus by Franz HornDie Poesie und Beredsamkeit der Deutschen. Bk. I. P. 35. (1822). William RoeChristian Liberty. (1662). P. 2.
|Oh! St. Patrick was a gentleman|
Who came of decent people;
He built a church in Dublin town,
And on it put a steeple.
Henry BennettSt. Patrick Was a Gentleman.
|Pour soutenir tes droits, que le ciel autorise,|
Abîme tout plutôt; cest lesprit de lÉglise.
To support those of your rights authorized by Heaven, destroy everything rather than yield; that is the spirit of the Church.
BoileauLutrin. Chant I. 185.
| Where God hath a temple, the devil will have a chapel.|
BurtonAnatomy of Melancholy. Pt. III. Sec. IV. Memb. 1. Subsec. I.
| An instinctive taste teaches men to build their churches in flat countries with spire steeples, which, as they cannot be referred to any other object, point as with silent finger to the sky and stars.|
|What is a church? Let Truth and reason speak,|
They would reply, The faithful, pure and meek,
From Christian folds, the one selected race,
Of all professions, and in every place.
CrabbeThe Borough. Letter II. L. 1.
|What is a church?Our honest sexton tells,|
Tis a tall building, with a tower and bells.
CrabbeThe Borough. Letter II. L. 11.
|Whenever God erects a house of prayer|
The devil always builds a chapel there;
And twill be found, upon examination,
The latter has the largest congregation.
DefoeTrue Born Englishman. Pt. I. L. 1. Note in first Edition says it is an English proverb. Omitted in later editions.
|God never had a church but there, men say,|
The devil a chapel hath raised by some wiles,
I doubted of this saw, till on a day
I westward spied great Edinburghs Saint Giles.
DrummondPosthumous Poems. A Proverb.
|Die Kirch allein, meine lieben Frauen,|
Kann ungerechtes Gut verdauen.
The church alone beyond all question
Has for ill-gotten goods the right digestion.
GoetheFaust. I. 9. 35.
| It is common for those that are farthest from God, to boast themselves most of their being near to the Church.|
Matthew HenryCommentaries. Jeremiah VII.
| No sooner is a temple built to God but the devil builds a chapel hard by.|
|When once thy foot enters the church, be bare.|
God is more there than thou: for thou art there
Only by his permission. Then beware,
And make thyself all reverence and fear.
HerbertThe Temple. The Church Porch.
|Well has the name of Pontifex been given|
Unto the Churchs head, as the chief builder
And architect of the invisible bridge
That leads from earth to heaven.
LongfellowGolden Legend. V.
| In that temple of silence and reconciliation where the enmities of twenty generations lie buried, in the Great Abbey, which has during many ages afforded a quiet resting-place to those whose minds and bodies have been shattered by the contentions of the Great Hall.|
|A beggarly people,|
A church and no steeple.
Attributed to Malone by Swift. See Priors Life. (1860). 381. Of St. Anns Church, Dublin.
|It was founded upon a rock.|
Matthew. VII. 25.
| As like a church and an ale-house, God and the devell, they manie times dwell neere to ether.|
NasheWorks. III. Have with you to Saffron Walden. Same idea in his Christs Teares. Works. IV, 57. DekkerRauens Almanacke. Works. IV. 221.
| There can be no church in which the demon will not have his chapel.|
Cardinal Paleotti, according to . H. DigbyCompitum. Vol. II. P. 297.
|Non est de pastu ovium quæstio, sed de lana.|
It is not about the pasture of the sheep, but about their wool.
Pope Pius II.
|No silver saints, by dying misers givn,|
Here bribd the rage of ill-requited heavn;
But such plain roofs as Piety could raise,
And only vocal with the Makers praise.
PopeEloisa to Abelard. L. 137.
|Who builds a church to God, and not to Fame,|
Will never mark the marble with his Name.
PopeMoral Essays. Ep. III. L. 285.
| I never weary of great churches. It is my favourite kind of mountain scenery. Mankind was never so happily inspired as when it made a cathedral.|
|Boni pastoris est tondere pecus non deglubere.|
A good shepherd shears his flock, not flays them.
Suetonius. Attributed by him to Tiberius CæsarLife. 32.
|The itch of disputation will break out|
Into a scab of error.
Rowland WatkynsThe new Illiterate late Teachers.
|See the Gospel Church secure,|
And founded on a Rock!
All her promises are sure;
Her bulwarks who can shock?
Count her every precious shrine;
Tell, to after-ages tell,
Fortified by power divine,
The Church can never fail.
Charles WesleyScriptural. Psalm XLVIII. St. 9.
|Disputandi pruritus ecclesiarum scabies.|
The itch of disputing is the scab of the churches.
Sir Henry WottonA Panegyric to King Charles. (Inscribed on his tomb.)