| O ye powers that search|
The heart of man, and weigh his inmost thoughts,
If I have done amiss, impute it not!
The best may err, but you are good.
AddisonCato. Act V. Sc. 4.
|Duomo è il fallir, ma dal malvagio il buono|
Scerne il dolor del fallo.
To err is human; but contrition felt for the crime distinguishes the virtuous from the wicked.
AlfieriRosmunda. III. 1.
|To sigh, yet not recede; to grieve, yet not repent!|
CrabbeTales of the Hall. Bk. III. Boys at School. Last line.
|When prodigals return great things are done.|
A. A. DowtyThe Siliad. In Beetons Christmas Annual. 1873.
| I do not buy repentance at so heavy a cost as a thousand drachmæ.|
Aulus Gellius. Bk. I. Ch. VI. 6. Quoting Demosthenes to Lais.
|When iron scourge, and tortring hour|
The bad affright, afflict the best.
GrayOde to Adversity. Same phrase the torturing hour in CampbellPleasures of Hope. Pt. I. Midsummer Nights Dream. Act V. Sc. 1.
|Restore to God his due in tithe and time:|
A tithe purloind cankers the whole estate.
HerbertThe Temple. The Church Porch.
|Who after his transgression doth repent,|
Is halfe, or altogether, innocent.
|He comes never late who comes repentant.|
Juan de HorozcoManasses, Rey de India. Jorn. III.
|Woman, amends may never come too late.|
Thos. Lodge and Robt. GreeneA Looking Glass for London and England.
|God dropped a spark down into everyone,|
And if we find and fan it to a blaze,
Itll spring up and glow, likelike the sun,
And light the wandering out of stony ways.
MasefieldWidow in the Bye Street. Pt. VI.
| When the scourge|
Inexorable, and the torturing hour
Calls us to penance.
MiltonParadise Lost. Bk. II. L. 90.
| He [Cato] used to say that in all his life he never repented but of three things. The first was that he had trusted a woman with a secret; the second that he had gone by sea when he might have gone by land; and the third, that he had passed one day without having a will by him.|
PlutarchLife of Cato. Vol. II. P. 495. Langhornes trans. Same in SimpliciusCommentary on the Enchiridion of Epictetus. Ch. IX. P. 52. (Ed. 1670).
|Der Wahn ist kurtz, die Reu ist lang.|
The dream is short, repentance long.
SchillerLied von der Glocke.
|But with the morning cool repentance came.|
ScottRob Roy. Ch. XII. The Monastery. Ch. III. Note 11. But with the morning cool reflection came. In Chronicles of Canongate. Ch. IV. Calm substituted for cool in The Antiquary. Ch. V.
|Nam sera nunquam est ad bonos mores via.|
Quem pnitet peccasse, pæne est innocens.
It is never too late to turn from the errors of our ways:
He who repents of his sins is almost innocent.
|Nec unquam primi consilii deos pnitet.|
God never repents of what He has first resolved upon.
SenecaDe Beneficiis. VI. 23.
| What then? what rests?|
Try what repentance can: what can it not?
Yet what can it when one cannot repent?
O wretched state! O bosom black as death!
O limed soul, that struggling to be free
Art more engagd!
Hamlet. Act III. Sc. 3. L. 64.
| Well, Ill repent, and that suddenly, while I am in some liking; I shall be out of heart shortly, and then I shall have no strength to repent.|
Henry IV. Pt. I. Act III. Sc. 3. L. 5.
|Under your good correction, I have seen,|
When, after execution judgment hath
Repented oer his doom.
Measure for Measure. Act II. Sc. 2. L. 10.
|And wet his grave with my repentant tears.|
Richard III. Act I. Sc. 2. L. 216.
| Cave ne quidquam incipias, quod post pniteat.|
Take care not to begin anything of which you may repent.
|Velox consilium sequitur pnitentia.|
Repentance follows hasty counsels.
|Amid the roses, fierce Repentance rears|
Her snaky crest; a quick-returning pang
Shoots through the conscious heart.
ThomsonSeasons. Spring. L. 995.
|And while the lamp holds out to burn,|
The vilest sinner may return.
Isaac WattsHymns and Spiritual Songs. Bk. I. Hymn 88.