Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.


The sacred volume claimed their hearts alone,
Which taught the way to glory and to God.
Anonymous.—Collet’s Rel. of Lit. 20.

Whence but from Heaven, could men unskill’d in arts,
In several ages born, in several parts,
Weave such agreeing truths? or how, or why
Should all conspire to cheat us with a lie?
Dryden.—Religio Laici, Line 140.

Then for the style, majestic and divine,
It speaks no less than God in every line;
Commanding words; whose force is still the same
As the first fiat that produced our frame.
Dryden.—Religio Laici, Line 152.

Every leaf is a spacious plain; every link a flowing brook; every period a lofty mountain.
Hervey.—Descant upon Creation.

Within that awful volume lies
The Mystery of Mysteries!
Happiest they of human race,
To whom God has granted grace
To read, to fear, to hope, to pray,
To lift the latch and force the way;
And better had they ne’er been born,
Who read to doubt, or read to scorn.
Scott.—The Monastery, Chap. XII.

Here there is milk for babes, whilst there is manna for Angels; truth level with the mind of a peasant, truth soaring beyond the reach of a Seraph.
Rev. Hugh Stowell.—Lecture at Exeter Hall, 28th November, 1854.

O may my understanding ever read
This glorious volume, which thy wisdom made.
Dr. Young.—The Last Day, Book II. Line 331.

Carries her Bible tuck’d beneath his arm,
And hides his hands to keep his fingers warm.
Cowper.—Truth, Line 147.

And in that charter reads with sparkling eyes,
Her title to a treasure in the skies.
Cowper.—Truth, Line 329.