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Hoyt & Roberts, comps.  Hoyt’s New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations.  1922.
His studie was but litel on the Bible.
        Chaucer—Canterbury Tales. Prologue. L. 4.
A glory gilds the sacred page,
  Majestic like the sun,
It gives a light to every age,
  It gives, but borrows none.
        Cowper—Olney Hymns. No. 30.
One day at least in every week,
  The sects of every kind
Their doctrines here are sure to seek,
  And just as sure to find.
        Augustus de Morgan. In preface to From Matter to Spirit, by C. D.
And that the Scriptures, though not everywhere
Free from corruption, or entire, or clear,
Are uncorrupt, sufficient, clear, entire
In all things which our needful faith require.
        Dryden—Religio Laici. L. 297.
Out from the heart of nature rolled
The burdens of the Bible old.
        Emerson—The Problem.
The word unto the prophet spoken
Was writ on tablets yet unbroken:
The word by seers or sibyls told,
In groves of oak or fanes of gold,
Still floats upon the morning wind,
Still whispers to the willing mind.
        Emerson—The Problem.
  It was a common saying among the Puritans, “Brown bread and the Gospel is good fare.”
        Matthew Henry—Commentaries. Isaiah XXX.
  Shallows where a lamb could wade and depths where an elephant would drown.
        Matthew Henry—Of Solomon’s Song.
Bibles laid open, millions of surprises.
        Herbert—The Church. Sin.
Starres are poore books, and oftentimes do misse;
This book of starres lights to eternal blisse.
        Herbert—The Church. The Holy Scriptures. Pt. II.
So we’re all right, an’ I, for one,
  Don’t think our cause’ll lose in vally
By rammin’ Scriptur’ in our gun,
  An’ gittin’ Natur’ for an ally.
        Lowell—The Biglow Papers. Second Series. No. 7. St. 17.
  The history of every individual man should be a Bible.
        Novalis—Christianity or Europe. Carlyle’s trans.
Most wondrous book! bright candle of the Lord!
Star of Eternity! The only star
By which the bark of man could navigate
The sea of life, and gain the coast of bliss
        Pollok—Course of Time. Bk. II. L. 270.
  I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditations.
        Psalms. CXIX. 99.
  Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.
        Psalms. CXIX. 105.
The sweet psalmist of Israel.
        II Samuel. XXIII. 1.
Within that awful volume lies
The mystery of mysteries!
Happiest they of human race,
To whom God has granted grace
To read, to fear, to hope, to pray,
To lift the latch, and force the way:
And better had they ne’er been born,
Who read to doubt, or read to scorn.
        Scott—Monastery. Ch. XII.
But Thy good word informs my soul
  How I may climb to heaven.
        Watts—Excellency of the Bible.
How glad the heathens would have been,
  That worship idols, wood and stone,
If they the book of God had seen.
        Watts—Praise for the Gospel.
  The Bible is a book of faith, and a book of doctrine, and a book of morals, and a book of religion, of especial revelation from God.
        Daniel Webster—Completion of Bunker Hill Monument. June 17, 1843.
We search the world for truth; we cull
The good, the pure, the beautiful,
From all old flower fields of the soul;
And, weary seekers of the best,
We come back laden from our quest,
To find that all the sages said
Is in the Book our mothers read.

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