John Keble

John Keble ca.1860

John Keble (25 April 179229 March 1866) was an English churchman, one of the leaders of the Oxford Movement, and gave his name to Keble College, Oxford.

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  • The deeds we do, the words we say,
    Into still air they seem to fleet;
    We count them ever past;
    But they shall last —
    In the dread judgment they
    And we shall meet.
    • "Early Warnings," from Lyra Innocentium (1846).
  • The trivial round, the common task,
    Would furnish all we ought to ask.
    • Morning reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
  • Why should we faint and fear to live alone,
    Since all alone, so Heaven has willed, we die?
    Nor even the tenderest heart, and next our own,
    Knows half the reasons why we smile and sigh.
    • The Christian Year. Twenty-fourth Sunday after Trinity reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
  • 'T is sweet, as year by year we lose
    Friends out of sight, in faith to muse
    How grows in Paradise our store.
    • Burial of the Dead reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
  • Abide with me from morn till eve,
    For without Thee I cannot live;
    Abide with me when night is nigh,
    For without Thee I dare not die.
    • Evening reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
  • Sun of my soul, Thou Saviour dear,
    It is not night if Thou be near;
    Oh, may no earth-born cloud arise
    To hide Thee from Thy servant's eyes.
    • Reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 90.
  • Love masters agony; the soul that seemed
    Forsaken feels her present God again
    And in her Father's arms
    Contented dies away.
    • Reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 182.

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