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On each return of night

Re-running a few of my favorites this week… Another quote from Jane’s Evening Prayers today.  I love this one, because I think this was clearly her goal for her characters as well, that they would "consider their thoughts, words, and … Continue reading


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Oh! God

“Have we thought irreverently of thee, have we disobeyed thy commandments, have we neglected any known duty, or willingly given pain to any human being?  Incline us to ask our hearts these questions oh! God, and save us from deceiving … Continue reading

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Teach us

“Teach us to understand the sinfulness of our own hearts, and bring to our knowledge every fault of temper and every evil habit in which we have indulged to the discomfort of our fellow-creatures, and the danger of our own … Continue reading

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Look with mercy

More from Jane’s Evening Prayers for the rest of this week. “Look with mercy on the sins we have this day committed and in mercy make us feel them deeply, that our repentance may be sincere, and our resolutions steadfast … Continue reading

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In Memoriam

Jane died on July 18, 1817, at this house on College Street in Winchester.  She was forty-one.  Jane and Cassandra were staying on the first floor (what we Americans would call the second floor) with the bay window.  The house … Continue reading

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Light Shining Out of Darkness

A bit of a digression today.  Cowper was Jane’s favorite poet, and this is one of my favorites of his. God moves in a mysterious way, His wonders to perform; He plants his footstep in the sea, And rides upon … Continue reading


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A prayer

Another one of my favorite things is Jane’s Evening Prayers.  She wrote three of them.  They’re gorgeous, echoing the Book of Common Prayer.  It’s wonderful to me to have these very rare statements of her faith.  As her nephew James … Continue reading

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And the other side…

Just to balance out Friday’s quote: “I am by no means convinced that we ought not all to be Evangelicals, & am at least persuaded that they who are so from Reason & Feeling, must be happiest & safest.” letter … Continue reading

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I do not like them

“I do not like the Evangelicals.” letter to Cassandra January 24, 1809 [66] My friend Kris requested this one.  This quote makes my evangelical friends and I laugh, partly because even though we are in the evangelical camp, at times … Continue reading

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Christian forgiveness, a la Mr. Collins

“‘You ought certainly to forgive them as a Christian, but never to admit them in your sight, or allow their names to be mentioned in your hearing.’ That is his notion of Christian forgiveness!” Mr. Bennet, reading a letter from … Continue reading

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