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    I Like this quote I dislike this quoteWe have decided to follow the example of the prophets and the fathers of the church and write German hymns for the German people

 Martin Luther quotes (German Priest and Scholar whose questioning of certain church practices led to the Protestant Reformation. 1483-1546)

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quoteSABBATH, n. A weekly festival having its origin in the fact that God made the world in six days and was arrested on the seventh. Among the Jews observance of the day was enforced by a Commandment of which this is the Christian version: "Remember the seventh day to make thy neighbor keep it wholly." To the Creator it seemed fit and expedient that the Sabbath should be the last day of the week, but the Early Fathers of the Church held other views. So great is the sanctity of the day that even where the Lord holds a doubtful and precarious jurisdiction over those who go down to (and down into) the sea it is reverently recognized, as is manifest in the following deep-water version of the Fourth Commandment:



Six days shalt thou labor and do all thou art able, And on the seventh holystone the deck and scrape the cable.



Decks are no longer holystoned, but the cable still supplies the captain with opportunity to attest a pious respect for the divine ordinance.

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quoteHe cannot have God for his Father who will not have the Church for his mother.
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 Saint Augustine quotes (Ancient Roman Christian Theologian and Bishop of Hippo from 396 to 430. One of the Latin Fathers of the Church. 354-430)

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quoteWherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, / Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; / That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: / The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, / And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, / Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, / Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: / And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, / Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quoteCARMELITE, n. A mendicant friar of the order of Mount Carmel.



As Death was a-rising out one day, Across Mount Camel he took his way, Where he met a mendicant monk, Some three or four quarters drunk, With a holy leer and a pious grin, Ragged and fat and as saucy as sin, Who held out his hands and cried:

"Give, give in Charity's name, I pray. Give in the name of the Church. O give, Give that her holy sons may live!" And Death replied, Smiling long and wide:

"I'll give, holy father, I'll give thee --a ride."



With a rattle and bang Of his bones, he sprang From his famous Pale Horse, with his spear; By the neck and the foot Seized the fellow, and put Him astride with his face to the rear.



The Monarch laughed loud with a sound that fell Like clods on the coffin's sounding shell:

"Ho, ho! A beggar on horseback, they say, Will ride to the devil!" --and _thump_ Fell the flat of his dart on the rump Of the charger, which galloped away.



Faster and faster and faster it flew, Till the rocks and the flocks and the trees that grew By the road were dim and blended and blue To the wild, wild eyes Of the rider --in size Resembling a couple of blackberry pies. Death laughed again, as a tomb might laugh At a burial service spoiled, And the mourners' intentions foiled By the body erecting Its head and objecting To further proceedings in its behalf.



Many a year and many a day Have passed since these events away. The monk has long been a dusty corse, And Death has never recovered his horse. For the friar got hold of its tail, And steered it within the pale Of the monastery gray, Where the beast was stabled and fed With barley and oil and bread Till fatter it grew than the fattest friar, And so in due course was appointed Prior. --G.J.

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quoteJESTER, n. An officer formerly attached to a king's household, whose business it was to amuse the court by ludicrous actions and utterances, the absurdity being attested by his motley costume. The king himself being attired with dignity, it took the world some centuries to discover that his own conduct and decrees were sufficiently ridiculous for the amusement not only of his court but of all mankind. The jester was commonly called a fool, but the poets and romancers have ever delighted to represent him as a singularly wise and witty person. In the circus of to-day the melancholy ghost of the court fool effects the dejection of humbler audiences with the same jests wherewith in life he gloomed the marble hall, panged the patrician sense of humor and tapped the tank of royal tears.



The widow-queen of Portugal Had an audacious jester Who entered the confessional Disguised, and there confessed her.



"Father," she said, "thine ear bend down -- My sins are more than scarlet: I love my fool --blaspheming clown, And common, base-born varlet."



"Daughter," the mimic priest replied,

"That sin, indeed, is awful: The church's pardon is denied To love that is unlawful.



"But since thy stubborn heart will be For him forever pleading, Thou'dst better make him, by decree, A man of birth and breeding."



She made the fool a duke, in hope With Heaven's taboo to palter; Then told a priest, who told the Pope, Who damned her from the altar! --Barel Dort

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quoteTORTOISE, n. A creature thoughtfully created to supply occasion for the following lines by the illustrious Ambat Delaso:



TO MY PET TORTOISE



My friend, you are not graceful --not at all; Your gait's between a stagger and a sprawl.



Nor are you beautiful: your head's a snake's To look at, and I do not doubt it aches.



As to your feet, they'd make an angel weep.

'Tis true you take them in whene'er you sleep.



No, you're not pretty, but you have, I own, A certain firmness --mostly you're [sic] backbone.



Firmness and strength (you have a giant's thews) Are virtues that the great know how to use --



I wish that they did not; yet, on the whole, You lack --excuse my mentioning it --Soul.



So, to be candid, unreserved and true, I'd rather you were I than I were you.



Perhaps, however, in a time to be, When Man's extinct, a better world may see



Your progeny in power and control, Due to the genesis and growth of Soul.



So I salute you as a reptile grand Predestined to regenerate the land.



Father of Possibilities, O deign To accept the homage of a dying reign!



In the far region of the unforeknown I dream a tortoise upon every throne.



I see an Emperor his head withdraw Into his carapace for fear of Law;



A King who carries something else than fat, Howe'er acceptably he carries that;



A President not strenuously bent On punishment of audible dissent --



Who never shot (it were a vain attack) An armed or unarmed tortoise in the back;



Subject and citizens that feel no need To make the March of Mind a wild stampede;



All progress slow, contemplative, sedate, And "Take your time" the word, in Church and State.



O Tortoise, 'tis a happy, happy dream, My glorious testudinous regime!



I wish in Eden you'd brought this about By slouching in and chasing Adam out.

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