Richard Chenevix Trench

(1807 - 1886 / Ireland)

Quotations

  • ''Grammar is the logic of speech, even as logic is the grammar of reason.''
    Richard Chenevix Trench (1807-1886), Irish ecclesiastic, archbishop of Dublin. On the Study of Words, lecture 1 (1858).
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  • ''Lord, what a change within us one short hour
    Spent in Thy presence will avail to make!''
    Richard Chenevix Trench (1807-1886), British philologist. Lord, what a change within us one short hour (l. 1-2). . . Treasury of Poems for Worship and Devotion, A. Charles L. Wallis, ed. (1959) Harper & Brothers.
  • ''Why, therefore, should we do ourselves this wrong,
    Or others—that we are not always strong—
    That we are sometimes overborne with care—
    That we should ever weak or heartless be,
    Anxious or troubled—when with us is prayer,
    And joy and strength and courage are with Thee?''
    Richard Chenevix Trench (1807-1886), British philologist. Lord, what a change within us one short hour (l. 9-14). . . Treasury of Poems for Worship and Devotion, A. Charles L. Wallis, ed. (1959) Harper & Brothers.
  • ''Language is the amber in which a thousand precious and subtle thoughts have been safely embedded and preserved. It has arrested ten thousand lightning flashes of genius, which, unless thus fixed and arrested, might have been as bright, but would have also been as quickly passing and perishing, as the lightning.''
    Richard Chenevix Trench (1807-1886), Irish ecclesiastic, archbishop of Dublin. On the Study of Words, lecture 1 (1858).

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Sonnet 04

A garden so well watered before morn
Is hotly up, that not the swart sun's blaze
Down beating with unmitigated rays,
Nor arid winds from scorching places borne,
Shall quite prevail to make it bare and shorn
Of its green beauty -- shall not quite prevail
That all its morning freshness shall exhale,
Till evening and the evening dews return --
A blessing such as this our hearts might reap,

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