C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


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.

  • I see the Judge enthroned; the flaming guard:
  • The volume open’d!—open’d every heart!
  • Young.

    The diamond which shines in the Saviour’s crown shall burn in unquenched beauty at last on the forehead of every human soul.

    Theodore Parker.

  • The last loud trumpet’s wondrous sound,
  • Shall thro’ the rending tombs rebound,
  • And wake the nations under ground.
  • Wentworth Dillon.

    Happy are we if on the body of the resurrection we can bear the face with which victorious Christians leave the earth.

    Samuel Willoughby Duffield.

    Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in spring-time.


    And there, in Abraham’s bosom, whatever it be which that bosom signifies, lives my sweet friend. For what other place is there for such a soul?

    St. Augustine.

  • Shall man alone, for whom all else revives,
  • No resurrection know? Shall man alone,
  • Imperial man! be sown in barren ground,
  • Less privileged than grain, on which he feeds?
  • Young.

    The resurrection morning is a true sun-rising, the inbursting of a cloudless sky on all the righteous dead. They wake transfigured, at their Maker’s call, with the fashion of their countenance altered and shining like His own.

    Horace Bushnell.

  • The trumpet! the trumpet! the dead have all heard:
  • Lo, the depths of the stone-cover’d charnels are stirr’d:
  • From the sea, from the land, from the south and the north,
  • The vast generations of man are come forth.
  • Milman.

    The resurrection state is the culmination of glorified humanity; is the change of the earthly for the heavenly; is the putting off of flesh and blood, and the putting on of the spiritual body. The body of the resurrection is the body with which the spirit is clothed for its celestial life.

    Bishop R. S. Foster.

    How divinely full of glory and pleasure shall that hour be when all the millions of mankind that have been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb of God shall meet together and stand around Him, with every tongue and every heart full of joy and praise! How astonishing will be the glory and the joy of that day when all the saints shall join together in one common song of gratitude and love, and of everlasting thankfulness to this Redeemer! With that unknown delight, and inexpressible satisfaction, shall all that are saved from the ruins of sin and hell address the Lamb that was slain, and rejoice in His presence!

    Isaac Watts.