Archive for the ‘last words’ Category

How were the circus receipts today?

September 14, 2009

How  were  the  circus  receipts  today  at  Madison Square Garden?

P.T. Barnum’s dying words

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O Lord God, defend this realm from Papistry

September 4, 2009

Edward VI, “that incomparable young prince”, as Bishop Burnet justly called him, died on the 6th July 1553. Never, perhaps, did any royal personage in this land die more fully lamented, or leave behind him a fairer reputation. Never, perhaps, to man’s poor fallible judgment, did the cause of God’s truth in England receive a heavier blow. His last prayer before death ought not to be forgotten  –“O Lord God, defend this realm from Papistry, and maintain Thy true religion”. It was a prayer, I believe, not offered in vain.

J.C.Ryle, Five English Reformers, Banner, 1994, p.6

I remember two things

September 4, 2009

My memory is nearly gone, but I remember two things: that I am a great sinner, and that Christ is a great Savior.

John Newton, on his deathbed

I am about to take my last voyage, a great leap in the dark.

September 4, 2009

I am about to take my last voyage, a great leap in the dark.

Thomas Hobbes’ last words

Now comes the mystery.

Beecher, Henry Ward – last words

It is appointed for man to die once and then the judgement. Hebrews 9.27

Cromwell’s Final Prayer

September 3, 2009

Lord, though I am a miserable and wretched creature, I am in covenant with Thee through grace. And I may, I will come to Thee for thy people. Thou hast made me, though very unworthy, a mean instrument to do them some good, and Thee service; and many of them have set too high a value upon me, though others wish and would be glad of my death; Lord, however Thou do dispose of me, continue and go on to do good for them. Pardon Thy foolish people! Forgive their sins, and do not forsake them, but love and bless them. Give them consistency of judgment, one heart, and mutual love; and go on to deliver them, and with the work of reformation; and make the name of Christ glorious in the world. Teach those who look too much on Thy instruments, to depend more upon Thyself. Pardon such as desire to trample upon the dust of a poor worm; for they are Thy people too. And pardon the folly of this short prayer. And give me rest for Jesus Christ’s sake, to whom, with Thee and Thy Holy Spirit, be all honour and glory, now and for ever! Amen.

Oliver Cromwell