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He who ordained the Sabbath loved the poor.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
Now, really, this appears the common case
Of putting too much Sabbath into Sunday--
But what is your opinion, Mrs. Grundy?
- Thomas Hood, An Open Question (st. 1)
The Sabbath is not a day to feast our bodies, but to feed our souls.
- Marie Josephine
O day of rest! how beautiful, how fair, how welcome to the weary and the old! day of the Lord! and truce of earthly care! day of the Lord, as all our days should be.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Day of the Lord, as all our days should be!
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Christus
(pt. III, John Endicott, act I, sc. 2)
If the Sunday had not been observed as a day of rest during the last three centuries, I have not the slightest doubt that we should have been at this moment a poorer people and less civilized.
- Thomas Babington Macaulay
Perpetual memory of the Maker's rest.
- Richard Mant
Sunday, that day so tedious to the triflers of earth, so full of beautiful reposes of calmness and strength for the earnest and heavenly minded.
- Maria Jane McIntosh
Life and blessing will attend the man who observes the Sabbath. The Sabbath of rest is a continual lesson to him to turn his eye from all created objects, and look to that heavenly rest into which God is entered, and which is promised to man.
- James Milner
So sang they, and the empyrean rung
With Hallelujahs. Thus was Sabbath kept.
- John Milton, Paradise Lost
(bk. VII, l. 632)
For, bless the gude mon, gin he had his ain way,
He's na let a cat on the Sabbath say "mew;"
Nae birdie maun whistle, nae lambie maun play,
An' Phoebus himsel' could na travel that day,
As he'd find a new Joshua in Andie Agnew.
- Thomas Moore, Sunday Ethics (st. 3)
Peaceful sleep out the Sabbath of the tomb.
- Alexander Pope
E'en Sunday shines no Sabbath day to me.
- Alexander Pope,
Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot--Prologue to the Satires
See Christians, Jews, one heavy sabbath keep,
And all the western world believe and sleep.
- Alexander Pope, The Dunciad
(bk. III, l. 99)
The Sabbath-day is the savings-bank of humanity.
- Frederick Saunders
Let us escape! This is our holiday--
God's day, devote to rest; and through the wood
We'll wander, and perchance find heavenly food,
So, profitless it shall not pass away.
- William Gilmore Simms
The sabbaths of Eternity.
One sabbath deep and wide.
- Lord Alfred Tennyson, St. Agnes' Eve
He that remembers not to keep the Christian Sabbath at the beginning of the week will be in danger to forget before the end of the week that he is a Christian.
- Sir Edmund Turner
Bright shadows of true rest! some shoots of bliss;
Heaven once a week;
The next world's gladness prepossest in this;
A day to seek;
Eternity in time; the steps by which
We climb above all ages: lamps that light
Man through his heap of dark days; and the rich
And full redemption of the whole week's flight.
- Henry Vaughan ("The Silurist")
The longer I live the more highly so I estimate the Christian Sabbath, and the more grateful do I feel towards those who impress its importance on the community.
- Daniel Webster
O what a blessing is Sunday, interposed between the waves of worldly business like the divine path of the Israelites through Jordan! There is nothing in which I would advise you to be more strictly conscientious than in keeping the Sabbath day holy. I can truly declare that to me the Sabbath has been invaluable.
- Dr. Samuel Wilberforce
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