Horatius Bonar

British minister and poet (1808-1889)

Horatius Bonar (December 19, 1808May 31, 1889) was a Scottish churchman and poet.

Horatius Bonar

Quotes edit

  • Thou must be true thyself,
    If thou the truth wouldst teach;
    Thy soul must overflow, if thou
    Another's soul would'st reach!
    It needs the overflow of heart
    To give the lips full speech.

    Think truly, and thy thoughts
    Shall the world's famine feed;
    Speak truly, and each word of thine
    Shall be a fruitful seed;
    Live truly, and thy life shall be
    A great and noble creed.

    • "Be True," from Hymns of Faith and Hope (1867)

Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895) edit

Quotes reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895).

  • In the day of prosperity we have many refuges to resort to; in the day of adversity, only one.
    • P. 7.
  • Yes, for me, for me He careth
    With a brother's tender care;
    Yes, with me, with me He shareth
    Every burden, every fear.
    • P. 93.
  • Toil on, and in thy toil rejoice;
    For toil comes rest, for exile, home;
    Soon shalt thou hear the bridegroom's voice,
    The midnight peal: "Behold, I come."
    • P. 125.
  • Up, then, with speed, and work;
    Fling ease and self away —
    This is no time for thee to sleep —
    Up, watch, and work, and pray!
    • P. 206.
  • Beyond the smiling and the weeping,
    I shall be soon;
    Beyond the waking and the sleeping,
    Beyond the sowing and the reaping,
    I shall be soon!
    Love, rest, and home —
    Sweet hope! Lord, tarry not, but come!
    • P. 308.
  • Fade, fade, each earthly joy;
    Jesus is mine!
    Break every earthly tie;
    Jesus is mine;
    Dark is the wilderness;
    Earth has no resting-place;
    Jesus alone can bless;
    Jesus is mine.
    • P. 399.
  • Thus while I journey on, my Lord to meet,
    My thoughts and meditations are so sweet,
    Of Him on whom I lean, my strength, my stay,
    I can forget the sorrows of the way.
    • P. 434.
  • Thy way, not mine, O Lord,
    However dark it be!
    Lead me by Thine own hand;
    Choose out the path for me.
    • P. 511.
  • Less, less of self each day,
    And more, my God, of Thee!
    • P. 538.
  • Sincerity and truth form the basis of every virtue.
    Be what thou seemest; live thy creed;
    Hold up to earth the torch divine;
    Be what thou prayest to be made;
    Let the great Master's steps be thine.
    • P. 553.
  • How fast we learn in the day of sorrow! Scripture shines out in a new effulgence; every verse seems to contain a sunbeam, every promise stands out in illuminated splendor; things hard to be understood become in a moment plain.
    • P. 555.

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