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BISHOP BEILBY PORTEUS
English bishop and writer of prose and verse
(1731 - 1808)

Bad thoughts quickly ripen into bad actions.
      - [Thought]

Envy, eldest born of hell, embru'd
  Her hands in blood, and taught the sons of men
    To make which nature never made,
      And God abhorr'd.
      - [Envy]

Friend to the wretch whom every friend forsakes, I woo thee, Death! Life and its joys I leave to those that prize them. Hear me, 0 gracious God! At Thy good time let Death approach; I reck not, let him but come in genuine form, not with Thy vengeance armed, too much for man to bear.
      - [Death]

He who foresees calamities suffers them twice over.
      - [Anticipation]

One murder made a villain,
  Millions a hero.
      - [Proverbs]

The joy resulting from the diffusion of blessings to all around us is the purest and sublimest that can ever enter the human mind, and can be conceived only by those who have experienced it. Next to the consolations of divine grace, it is the most sovereign balm to the miseries of life, both in him who is the object of it, and in him who exercises it.
      - [Joy]

'Twas not enough
  By subtle fraud to snatch a single life;
    Puny impiety! whole kingdoms fell
      To sate the lust of power: more horrid still,
        The foulest stain and scandal of our nature,
          Became its boast. One murder made a villain;
            Millions a hero.
      - [Murder]

Through the sequester'd vale of rural life
  The venerable patriarch guileless held
    The tenor of his way.
      - Death (l. 109) [Life]

One murder made a villain,
  Millions a hero.--Princes were privileg'd
    To kill, and numbers sanctified the crime.
      Ah! why will kings forget that they are men,
        And men that they are brethren?
      - Death (l. 154) [Murder]

War its thousands slays,
  Peace its ten thousands.
      - Death (l. 178) [War]

But chiefly Thou,
  Whom soft-eyed Pity once led down from Heaven
    To bleed for man, to teach him how to live,
      And, oh! still harder lesson! how to die.
      - Death (l. 316) [Christ]

Teach him how to live,
  And, oh! still harder lesson! how to die.
      - Death (l. 316) [Death]


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