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SABBATH
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[ Also see Bells Churches Easter Holidays Leisure Prayer Religion Rest Reverence Sunday Worship ]

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.
      - Unattributed Author, Baptist Church Manual

On Sundays, at the matin-chime,
  The Alpine peasants, two and three,
    Climb up here to pray;
      Burghers and dames, at summer's prime,
        Ride out to church from Chamberry,
          Dight with mantles gay,
            But else it is a lonely time
              Round the Church of Brou.
      - Matthew Arnold, The Church of Brou
         (II, st. 3)

A world without a Sabbath would be like a man without a smile, like a summer without flowers, and like a homestead without a garden. It is the joyous day of the whole week.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Let it ever be the most joyful and praiseful day of the seven.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:
  Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.
      - Bible, Mark (ch. II, v. 27-28)

Thou art my single day, God lends to leaven
  What were all earth else, with a feel of heaven.
      - Robert Browning, Pippa Passes (sc. 1)

Fresh glides the brook and blows the gale,
  Yet yonder halts the quiet mill;
    The whirring wheel, the rushing sail
      How motionless and still!
        Six days stern Labour shut the poor
          From nature's careless banquet-hall;
            The seventh, an Angel opes the door,
              And, smiling, welcomes all!
      - William Henry Lytton Earle Bulwer, Sir Henry Bulwer

The seventh day this; the jubilee of man:
  London! right well thou know'st the day of prayer:
    Then thy spruce citizen, wash'd artisan,
      And smug apprentice gulp their weekly air:
        The coach of hackney, whiskey, one-horse chair,
          And humblest gig, through sundry suburbs whirl;
            To Hampstead, Brentford, Harrow, make repair;
              Till the tired jade the wheel forgets to hurl,
                Provoking envious gibe from each pedestrian churl.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Of all the days that's in the week,
  I dearly love but one day,
    And that's the day that comes betwixt
      A Saturday and Monday.
      - Henry Carey, Sally in Our Alley

I feel as if God had, by giving the Sabbath, given fifty-two springs in every year.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

There is a Sunday conscience as well as a Sunday coat; and those who make religion a secondary concern put the coat and conscience carefully by to put on only once a week.
      - Charles Dickens

The Sunday is the core of our civilization, dedicated to thought and reverence. It invites to the noblest solitude and to the noblest society.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

But, chiefly, man the day of rest enjoys,
  Hail, Sabbath! thee I hail, the poor man's day:
    On other days, the man of toil is doom'd
      To eat his joyless bread, lonely, the ground
        Both seat and board--screen'd from the winter's cold
          And summer's heat, by neighbouring hedge or tree;
            But on this day, embosom'd in his home,
              He shares the frugal meal with those he loves;
                With those he loves he shares the heartfelt joy
                  Of giving thanks to God,--not thanks of form,
                    A word and a grimace, but reverently,
                      With cover'd face and upward earnest eye.
                        Hail, Sabbath! thee I hail, the poor man's day.
                          The pale mechanic now has leave to breathe
                            The morning air pure from the city's smoke,
                              As wandering slowly up the river's bank,
                                He meditates on Him whose powers he marks
                                  In each green tree that proudly spreads the bough,
                                    And in the tiny dew-bent flowers that bloom
                                      Around the roots; and while he thus surveys
                                        With elevated joy each rural charm,
                                          He hopes, (yet fears presumption in the hope,)
                                            That heaven may be one Sabbath without end.
      - James Grahame

The poor man's day.
      - James Grahame

How still the morning of the hallow'd day!
  Mute is the voice of rural labour, hush'd
    The ploughboy's whistle, and the milkmaid's song.
      - James Grahame, The Sabbath--Song

Hail, Holy Day! the blessing from above
  Brightens thy presence like a smile of love,
    Smoothing, like oil upon a stormy sea,
      The roughest waves of human destiny
        Cheering the good, and to the poor oppress'd
          Bearing the promise of their heavenly rest.
      - Mrs. Sarah Josepha (Buell) Hale

Oh! welcome to the wearied Earth
  The Sabbath resting comes,
    Gathering the sons of toil and care
      Back to their peaceful homes;
        And, like a portal to the skies,
          Opens the House of God,
            Where all who seek may come and learn
              The way the Saviour trod.
                But holier to the wanderer seems
                  The Sabbath on the deep,
                    When on, and on, in ceaseless course,
                      The toiling bark must keep,
                        And not a trace of man appears
                          Amid the wilderness
                            Of waters--then it comes like dove
                              Direct from heaven to bless.
      - Mrs. Sarah Josepha (Buell) Hale

Nothing draws along with it such a glory as the Sabbath. Never has it unfolded without some witness and welcome, some song and salutation. It has been the coronation day of martyrs--the first day of saints. It has been from the first day till now the sublime day of the church of God; still the outgoings of its morning and evening rejoice. Let us then remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.
      - James Hamilton

Gently on tiptoe Sunday creeps,
  Cheerfully from the stars he peeps,
    Mortals are all asleep below,
      None in the village hears him go;
        E'en chanticleer keeps very still,
          For Sunday whispered, 'twas his will.
      - John Peter Hebel, Sunday Morning

The happiness of heaven is the constant keeping of the Sabbath. Heaven is called a Sabbath, to make those who have Sabbaths long for heaven, and those who long for heaven love Sabbaths.
      - Philip Henry

O day most calm, most bright,
  The fruit of this, the next world's bud,
    Th' indorsement of supreme delight,
      Writ by a friend, and with his blood;
        The couch of time, care's balm and bay;
          The week were dark, but for thy light;
            Thy torch doth show the way.
      - George Herbert

On Sunday heaven's gates stand open.
      - George Herbert

Sunday observe; think, when the bells do chime, 'tis angels' music; therefore come not late.
      - George Herbert

Sundaies observe: think when the bells do chime,
  'Tis angel's musick; therefore come not late.
      - George Herbert, Temple--The Church Porch
         (st. 65)

The Sundaies of man's life,
  Thredded together on time's string,
    Make bracelets to adorn the wife
      Of the eternal, glorious King.
        On Sunday heaven's gates stand ope;
          Blessings are plentiful and rife.
            More plentiful than hope.
      - George Herbert, Temple--The Church--Sunday


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