Edward Bouverie Pusey

conservative churchman of the Church of England and Hebraist

Edward Bouverie Pusey (22 August 180016 September 1882) was an English churchman and Regius Professor of Hebrew at Christ Church, Oxford.

Edward Bouverie Pusey


  • Learn to commend thy daily acts to God, so shall the dry every-day duties of common life be steps to Heaven, and lift thy heart thither.
    • Sermon XXI: "Heaven the Christian's Home", in Sermons during the Season from Advent to Whitsuntide (Oxford: John Henry Parker, 1848), p. 340.
  • In all adversity, what God takes away He may give us back with increase.
    • Letter to Charles Dodgson (January 1851) following the death of Dodgson's wife, quoted in Stuart Dodgson Collingwood, The Life and Letters of Lewis Carroll (London: Thomas Nelson & Sons, 1898) p. 51.
  • The Book of Daniel is especially fitted to be a battle-field between faith and unbelief. It admits of no half-way measures. It is either Divine or an imposture. To write any book under the name of another, and to give it out to be his, is, in any case, a forgery, dishonest in itself, and destructive of all trustworthiness. But the case as to the Book of Daniel, if it were not his, would go far beyond even this. The writer, were he not Daniel, must have lied on a most frightful scale.
    • Daniel the Prophet (Oxford: John Henry and James Parker, 1864), Lecture I, p. 1.
  • Human praise and human blame are mostly valueless, because men know not the whole which they praise or blame.
    • Sermon I: "False Peace", in Parochial and Cathedral Sermons (Oxford: Parker & Co., 1882), p. 2.

Parochial Sermons, Vol. II (1853)

Parochial Sermons (Oxford: John Henry Parker, 1853), Vol. II
  • Never dwell on the morrow. Remember that it is God's, not thine.
    • Sermon IX: "Victory over the Besetting Sin", p. 158.
  • Take steadily some one sin, which seems to stand out before thee, to root it out, by God's grace, and every fibre of it. Purpose strongly, by the grace and strength of God, wholly to sacrifice this sin or sinful inclination to the love of God, to spare it not, until thou leave of it none remaining, neither root nor branch.
    • Sermon IX: "Victory over the Besetting Sin", p. 160.
  • Fix, by God's help, not only to root out this sin, but to set thyself to gain, by that same help, the opposite grace. If thou art tempted to be angry, try hard, by God's grace, to be very meek; if to be proud, seek to be very humble.
    • Sermon IX: "Victory over the Besetting Sin", p. 161.
  • Practice in life whatever thou prayest for, and God will give it thee more abundantly.
    • Sermon X: "Prayer Heard the More, through Delay", p. 179.
  • God does not take away trials, or carry us over them, but strengthens us through them.
    • Sermon XI: "Re-creation of the Penitent", p. 182.

Private Prayers (1883)

Private Prayers, ed. H. P. Liddon (London: Rivingtons, 1883)
  • Lord, without Thee I can do nothing; with Thee I can do all. Accept, Good Lord, this my desire; help me by Thy grace, that I fall not; help me by Thy strength, to resist mightily the very first beginnings of evil, before it takes hold of me; help me to cast myself at once at Thy sacred Feet, and lie still there, until the storm be overpast; and, if I lose sight of Thee, bring me back quickly to Thee, and grant me to love Thee better, for Thy tender mercy's sake.
    • "Morning Prayers", pp. 19–20.
  • Let me not seek out of Thee what I can find only in Thee, peace and rest and joy and bliss, which abide only in Thy abiding joy. Lift up my soul above the weary round of harassing thoughts to Thy eternal Presence. Lift up my soul to the pure, bright, clear, serene, radiant atmosphere of Thy Presence, that there I may breathe freely, there repose in Thy love, there be at rest from myself, and from all things which weary me; thence return, arrayed with Thy peace, to do and bear what shall please Thee. Amen.
    • "Evening Prayers", p. 38.
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