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We believe that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the gospel; that it is the immediate duty of all to accept them by a cordial, penitent, and obedient faith; and that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest singer on earth but his own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of the gospel; which rejection involves him in an aggravated condemnation.
      - Baptist Church Manual [Salvation]

We believe that the first day of the week is the Lord's day, or Christian Sabbath; and is to be kept sacred to religious purposes, by abstaining from all secular labor and sinful recreations; by the devout observance of all the means of grace, both private and public; and by preparation for that rest that remaineth for the people of God.
      - Baptist Church Manual [Sabbath]

Solid men of Boston, make no long orations;
  Solid men of Boston, drink no long potations;
    Solid men of Boston, go to bed at sundown;
      Never lose your way like the loggerheads of London.
      - Billy Pitt and the Farmer,
        printed in "Asylum for Fugitive Pieces" without author's name
        [Boston]

Oh, tell me whence Love cometh!
  Love comes uncall'd, unsent.
    Oh, tell me where Love goeth!
      That was not Love that went.
      - Burden of a Woman,
        found in J.W. Ebsworth's "Roxburghe Ballads"
        [Love]

From the lone shielding on the misty island
  Mountains divide us, and the waste of seas--
    But still the blood is strong, the heart is Highland,
      And we in dreams behold the Hebrides.
      - Canadian Boat Song,
        first appeared in "Blackwood's Magazine" and attributed to various authors
        [Love of Country]

A more sympathetic consideration of the personal element in the sufferings of our Lord, the meditation upon the sorrows of the Messiah, would prove a source of spiritual quickening not only to those who are accustomed to live in the region of philosophic thought, but also to those who are in the midst of evangelistic work. The following of Christ down into the valley of humiliation and death, the study, day by day, of the last days of His earthly life, the reverent watch by the cross, the waiting for the resurrection--these are spiritual exercises which cannot fail to give warmth and reality to the Christian faith. The majority of Christian believers, without reference to sect, now observe Easter. By the "logic of events" no less than by spiritual sympathy, Passion week deserves its place in the calendar of the private Christian; and the more remote the thoughts which it suggests may be to his ordinary religious thinking, the more helpful they may be to the spirit of devotion.
      - Christian Age [Good Friday]

In language so clear that the unlearned and the young can understand, the Saviour, in the parable of the wheat and the tares, shows that all along the journey of life mankind are sowing seed of some kind, which at the end of life is going to produce a harvest, the sure outcome of the kind of seed sown. Nature is inflexible in certain results, founded and fixed by the great Creator of nature and her laws. What the farmer sows he will be sure to reap. Never yet since the world began have men gathered grapes from a bush of thorn, or figs from a tuft of thistles. And every one throughout Christendom who is old enough and intelligent enough to read the Bible must know and understand that he occupies the place of a sower who will ultimately reap whatever is sown in the heart as to religious or irreligious belief, as to faith in Christ as a Redeemer, or as to indifference concerning the final condition of the soul.
      - Christian at Work [Harvest Home]

The hand that wrote the Declaration of Independence has long ago palsied in death. For more than sixty years Charles Carroll, the last member of that immortal company who appended their names to that famous document, has been slumbering in his grave, but the Declaration is yet a living fact, and to-day the instrument has as much force and meaning as it had one hundred and ----- years ago.
      - Christian Enquirer [Independence Day]

In the midst of life we are in death.
      - Church Burial Service [Life]

As drifting logs of wood may haply meet
  On ocean's waters surging to and fro,
    And having met, drift once again apart,
      So, fleeting is the intercourse of men.
        E'en as a traveler meeting with the shade
          Of some o'erhung tree, awhile reposes,
            Then leaves its shelter to pursue his ways,
              So men meet friends, then part with them for ever.
      - Code of Manu,
        translation in "Words of Wisdom"
        [Meeting]

Almighty God, who, through thine only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, hast overcome death, and opened unto us the gate of everlasting life..
      - Collect for Easter Day [Resurrection]

Six hours in sleep is enough for youth and age. Perhaps seven for the lazy, but we allow eight to no one.
      - Collectio Salernitans
         (vol. II, l. 130, ed. De Renzi) [Time]

This Booke
  When Brasse and Marble fade, shall make thee looke
    Fresh to all Ages.
      - Commentary Verses prefixed to the folio of Shakespeare
        [Shakespeare]

Many of the features of Independence Day are harmless, enjoyable, inspiring. We would not lessen the sports, processions, excursions, outdoor and indoor entertainments. But the burning of powder, the Chinese firecrackers, the tin horns, and the ill manners that turn the day into a barbaric carnival are as great an enemy to patriotism as they are a libel on the good sense of the people.
      - Congregationalist [Independence Day]

All men are born free and equal, and have certain natural, essential, and unalienable rights.
      - Constitution of Massachusetts [Rights]

Great pity were it if this beneficence of Providence should be marr'd in the ordering, so as to justly merit the Reflection of the old proverb, that though God sends us meat, yet the D------ does cooks.
      - Cooks' and Confectioners' Dictionary, or the Accomplished Housewife's Companions,
        London [Cookery]

1. The very nearest approach to domestic happiness on earth is in the cultivation on both sides of absolute unselfishness.
  2. Never both be angry at once.
    3. Never talk at one another, either alone or in company.
      3. Never speak loud to one another unless the house is on fire.
        5. Let each one strive to yield oftenest to the wishes of the other.
          6. Let self-denial be the daily aim and practice of each.
            7. Never find fault unless it is perfectly certain that a fault has been committed, and always speak lovingly.
              8. Never taunt with a past mistake.
                9. Neglect the whole world besides rather than one another.
                  10. Never allow a request to be repeated.
      - Cottager and Artisan,
        first part of 20 statements about matrimony, see "11. Never make . . ."
        [Matrimony]

11. Never make a remark at the expense of each other,--it is a meanness.
  12. Never part for a day without loving words to think of during absence.
    13. Never meet without a loving welcome.
      14. Never let the sun go down upon any anger or grievance.
        15. Never let any fault you have committed go by until you leave frankly confessed it and asked forgiveness.
          16. Never forget the happy hours of early love.
            17. Never sigh over what might have been, but make the best of what is.
              18. Never forget that marriage is ordained of God, and that His blessing alone can make it what it should ever be.
                19. Never be contented till you know you are both walking in the narrow way.
                  20. Never let your hopes stop short of the eternal home.
      - Cottager and Artisan,
        second part of 20 statements about matrimony, see "1. The very nearest . . ."
        [Matrimony]

Man was made when Nature was but an apprentice, but woman when she was a skilful mistress of her art.
      - Cupid's Whirligig [Women]

The grave's the market place.
      - Death and the Lady,
        a ballad in Dixon's "Ballads", the Percy Society
        [Graves]

If cold December gave you birth,
  The month of snow and ice and mirth,
    Place on you hand a Turquoise blue,
      Success will bless whate'er you do.
      - December,
        in "Notes and Queries", May 11, 1889, p. 371
        [December : Jewels : Turquoise]

Medicine for the soul.
      - Diodorus Siculus (I, 49, 3),
        inscription over the door of the Library at Thebes
        [Books]

But Bellenden we needs must praise,
  Who as down the stairs she jumps
    Sings o'er the hill and far away,
      Despising doleful dumps.
      - Distracted Jockey's Lamentation--Pills to Purge Melancholy,
        found in "The Nursery Rhymes of England" by Halliwell Phillips
        [Music]

Tom he was a piper's son,
  He learned to play when he was young;
    Bug all the tune that he could play
      Was "Over the hills and far away."
      - Distracted Jockey's Lamentation--Pills to Purge Melancholy,
        found in "The Nursery Rhymes of England" by Halliwell Phillips
        [Music]

But we that have but span-long life,
  The thicker must lay on the pleasure;
    And since time will not stay,
      We'll add night to the day,
        Thus, thus we'll fill the measure.
      - Duet printed 1795,
        probably of earlier date [Night]


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