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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:2181
AUTHOR:Robert Burton (1577–1640)
QUOTATION:Where God hath a temple, the Devil will have a chapel. 1
ATTRIBUTION:Anatomy of Melancholy. Part iii. Sect. 4, Memb. 1, Subsect. 1.
 
Note 1.
For where God built a church, there the Devil would also build a chapel.—Martin Luther: Table Talk, lxvii.

God never had a church but there, men say,
The Devil a chapel hath raised by some wyles.
William Drummond: Posthumous Poems.

No sooner is a temple built to God but the Devil builds a chapel hard by.—George Herbert: Jacula Prudentum.

Wherever God erects a house of prayer,
The Devil always builds a chapel there.
Daniel Defoe: The True-born Englishman, part i. line 1. [back]
 

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