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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
Symbols (See Signs)
  Science sees signs; poetry the thing signified.
J. C. and A. W. Hare.    
  It (Catholicism) supplies a multitude of external forms in which the spiritual may be clothed and manifested.
Nath. Hawthorne.    
        All things are symbols: the external shows
Of Nature have their image in the mind,
As flowers and fruits and falling of the leaves.
  Thus in the beginning the world was so made that certain signs come before certain events.
        Oft on the dappled turf at ease
I sit, and play with similes,
Loose type of things through all degrees.
  If he be not in love with some woman, there is no believing old signs; a’ brushes his hat of o’ mornings; what should that bode?
        With crosses, relics, crucifixes,
Beads, pictures, rosaries, and pixes;
The tools of working out salvation
By mere mechanic operation.
  There is nothing so great or so goodly in creation, but that it is a mean symbol of the gospel of Christ, and of the things He has prepared for them that love Him.
        Sometime we see a cloud that’s dragonish;
A vapour sometime like a bear or lion,
A tower’d citadel, a pendant rock,
A forked mountain, or blue promontory
With trees upon ’t, that nod unto the world,
And mock our eyes with air: thou hast seen these signs;
They are black vesper’s pageants.

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