Hoyt & Roberts, comps. Hoyts New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations. 1922.
For his religion, it was fit To match his learning and his wit; Twas Presbyterian true blue; For he was of that stubborn crew Of errant saints, whom all men grant To be the true Church Militant; Such as do build their faith upon The holy text of pike and gun; Decide all controversies by Infallible artillery; And prove their doctrine orthodox, By Apostolic blows and knocks. ButlerHudibras. Pt. I. Canto I. L. 189.
He was the word that spake it, He took the bread and brake it; And what that word did make it, I do believe and take it. DonneDivine Poems. On the Sacrament. Fleshers Ed. 1654. P. 352. Found earlier in Camdens Remains.
Twas God the word that spake it, He took the bread and brake it, And what the word did make it, That I believe and take it. Queen Elizabeth. In ClarkEcclesiastical History. Life of Queen Elizabeth. P. 94 (edition 1675), quoting the queen when asked her opinion of Christs presence in the Sacrament. FoxeActs and Monuments. FullerHoly State. Bk. IV. P. 302. (Ed. 1648). RapinHistory of England. Vol. II. P. 42. 1733. Given also Christ was the word. Generally attributed to Anne Askew. Also to Lady Jane Grey in Sir H. Nicolas Life and Remains.
O how far removd, Predestination! is thy foot from such As see not the First Cause entire: and ye, O mortal men! be wary how ye judge: For we, who see the Maker, know not yet The number of the chosen; and esteem Such scantiness of knowledge our delight: For all our good is, in that primal good, Concentrate; and Gods will and ours are one. DanteVision of Paradise. Canto XX. L. 122.
And after hearing what our Church can say, If still our reason runs another way, That private reason tis more just to curb, Than by disputes the public peace disturb; For points obscure are of small use to learn, But common quiet is mankinds concern. DrydenReligio Laici. L. 445.
Thus this brook hath conveyed his ashes into Avon, Avon into Severn, Severn into the narrow seas, they into the main ocean. And thus the ashes of Wickliffe are the emblem of his doctrine, which now is dispersed all the world over. FullerChurch History. Sec. II. Bk. IV. Par. 53. Wickliffes body was burned, the ashes thrown into the brook Swift, by order of the Council of Constance, 1415.
Shall I ask the brave soldier, who fights by my side In the cause of mankind, if our creeds agree? Shall I give up the friend I have valued and tried, If he kneel not before the same altar with me? From the heretic girl of my soul should I fly, To seek somewhere else a more orthodox kiss? No! perish the hearts, and the laws that try Truth, valour, or love, by a standard like this! MooreIrish Melodies. Come Send Round the Wine.
As thou these ashes, little brook! will bear Into the Avon, Avon to the tide Of Severn, Severn to the narrow seas, Into main ocean they, this deed accurst, An emblem yields to friends and enemies How the bold teachers doctrine, sanctified By truth, shall spread throughout the world dispersed. WordsworthEcclesiastical Sketches. Pt. II.