Richard Chenevix Trench

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Richard Chenevix Trench (9 September 1807 – 28 March 1886) was an Irish poet, and the Anglican archbishop of Dublin.

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  • Oh seize the instant time; you never will
    With waters once passed by impel the mill.
    • Poems (Ed. 1865), p. 303. Proverbs, Turkish and Persian.
  • What question can be here? Your own true heart
    Must needs advise you of the only part:
    That may be claim'd again which was but lent,
    And should be yielded with no discontent,
    Nor surely can we find herein a wrong,
    That it was left us to enjoy it long.
    • The Lent Jewels; reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 81.
  • Not all who seem to fail have failed indeed,
    Not all who fail have therefor worked in vain.
    There is no failure for the good and brave.
    • Attributed to Trench by Prof. Connington; reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 253.
  • None but God can satisfy the longings of an immortal soul; that as the heart was made for Him, so He only can fill it.
    • Notes on the Parables, Prodigal Son; reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 321.
  • We live not in our moments or our years:
    The present we fling from us like the rind
    Of some sweet future, which we after find
    Bitter to taste.
    • To.——; reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 455.
  • Thou cam'st not to thy place by accident,
    It is the very place God meant for thee;
    And should'st thou there small room for action see,
    Do not for this give room for discontent.
    • Sonnet; reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 190-92.
  • As shadows attend substances, so words follow upon things.
    • Study of Wards; reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 907.
  • It was Lazarus faith, not his poverty, which brought him into Abraham's bosom.
    • Reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 455.
  • We kneel, how weak; we rise, how full of power!
    Why, therefore, should we do ourselves this wrong,
    Or others — that we are not always strong,
    That we are ever 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?
    • Reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 467.

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