Reginald Heber


English Bishop, Church of England's Bishop of Calcutta

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In moderating, not in satisfying desires, lies peace.

When the veil of death has been drawn between us and the objects of our regard, how quick-sighted do we become to their merits, and how bitterly do we remember words, or even looks, of unkindness which may have escaped in our intercourse with them.

The heathen in his blindness Bows down to wood and stone.

Though every prospect pleases,
And only man is vile.

When Spring unlocks the flowers to paint the laughing soil.

We have a friend and protector, from whom, if we do not ourselves depart from Him, nor power nor spirit can separate us. In His strength let us proceed on our journey, through the storms, and troubles, and dangers of the world. However they may rage and swell, though the mountains shake at the tempests, our rock will not be moved: we have one friend who will never forsake us; one refuge, where we may rest in peace and stand in our lot at the end of the days. That same is He who liveth, and was dead; who is alive forevermore; and hath the keys of hell and of death.

Remember that every guilty compliance with the humors of the world, every sinful indulgence of our own passions, is laying up cares and fears for the hour of darkness; and that the remembrance of ill-spent time will strew our sick-bed with thorns, and rack our sinking spirits with despair.

We have forty million reasons for failure, but not a single excuse.

Thus heavenly hope is all serene,
But earthly hope, how bright soe’er,
Still fluctuates o’er this changing scene,
As false and fleeting as ’t is fair.

Death rides on every passing breeze, he lurks in every flower.

By annihilating the desires, you annihilate the mind. In moderating, no in satisfying desires, lies peace.

Eternity has no gray hairs! The flowers fade, the heart withers, man grows old and dies, the world lies down in the sepulcher of ages, but time writes no wrinkles on the brow of eternity.

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English Bishop, Church of England's Bishop of Calcutta