THE CHRISTIAN QUOTATION OF THE DAY
Christ, our Light

CQOD Poetry Index of First Lines

A
A fish in water does not drown—Mechthild of Magdeburg 11/19/20
A God must have a God for company—MacDonald 12/24/18
A happy, happy Christmas—Havergal 12/28/21
A Rose Plant in Jericho—Rossetti 4/27/23
All encompassing in all places—Messiaen 9/2/25
All night had shouts of men and cry—Meynell 3/25/16
Am I a stone, and not a sheep—Rossetti 4/14/17
And have the bright immensities—Robbins 10/2/14
And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year—Haskins 11/8/04
And thus we rust Life’s iron chain—Wilde 3/12/16
And what am I, to know—Dudley-Smith 5/7/20
Art thou not life of them that live?—Thompson 12/3/25
Art thou weary, art thou languid—Stephen the Sabaite 8/7/20
Awake, glad heart! get up, and sing!—Vaughan 12/1/23
B
Batter my heart, three-person’d God, for you—Donne 6/4/24
Be not afraid to pray—to pray is right—Coleridge 8/30/17
Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart—Anonymous 5/16/16
Be triumphant, be triumphant—Carmichael 1/18/21
Because upon the first glad Easter day—Munson 7/17/22
Blessed night, when first that plain—Bonar 12/22/18
Blow out your foolish lamps; here are two honest men—Madeleva 3/30/21
Break Thou the bread of life—Lathbury 8/5/19
Bright portals of the sky—Drummond 12/23/21
But lo’ the snare is broke, the captive’s freed—Wesley 2/22/22
By fruit, the ancient Foe’s device—Germanus 8/7/24
C
Christ claims our help in many a strange disguise—Anonymous 3/4/05
Christ is come to be thy Light—Havergal 12/24/20
Christmas Eve, and twelve of the clock—Hardy 12/24/03
Come down, O Christ, and help me! reach Thy hand—Wilde 12/29/18
Come, Holy Ghost (for moved by thee—Wesley 3/11/19
Come into me, my Beloved!—Rolle 1/20/24
Come let us join our cheerful songs—Watts 12/25/21
Come Love, come Lord, and that long day—Crashaw 6/11/25
Come, my Way, my Truth, my Life—Herbert 2/27/16
Come worship the King—Studdert Kennedy 12/15/16
Consecrated brethren, we who keep our confidence—Adams 5/19/22
D
Dear Jesus! ’tis Thy Holy Face—Thérèse of Lisieux 4/23/19
Death, be not proud, though some have called thee—Donne 4/18/18
Deep unto deep, O Lord—Carmichael 5/1/19
Drop, drop, slow tears, and bathe those beauteous feet—Fletcher 10/25/21
E
Earth breaks up, time drops away—Browning 3/11/22
Eternal God! O thou that only art—Quarles 10/9/21
Eternal Lord! eased of a cumbrous load—Buonarrotti 4/6/25
Eternal Lord, how faint and small—Adams 5/19/16
F
Father eternal, Ruler of creation—Housman 12/22/22
For the Christ-child who comes is the Master of all—Brooks 12/24/22
For the flowers are great blessings—Smart 6/23/21
For the power Thou hast given me to lay hold of things unseen—Baillie 6/26/24
For the preacher’s merit or demerit—Browning 6/22/18
Four things a man must learn to do—Dyke 8/23/17
From subtle love of softening things—Carmichael 1/18/16
From Thee all skill and science flow—Kingsley 8/4/19
From thine, as then, the healing virtue goes—MacDonald 8/9/18
G
Gather my broken fragments to a whole—MacDonald 11/1/21
Give me the lowest place: not that I dare—Rossetti 4/27/25
Given, not lent—Meynell 12/18/21
God appears, and God is Light—Blake 8/17/24
God moves in a mysterious way, —Cowper 9/28/25
God of pity and love, return to this earth—Nathan 4/12/16
God’s child in Christ adopted—Christ my all—Coleridge 10/24/16
God’s Road is all uphill—Guiterman 10/10/08
Good Friday in my heart! Fear and affright!—Coleridge 3/24/16
Good when He gives, supremely good—Lawrence 11/14/20
H
Had I the tongues of Greeks and Jews—Watts 11/26/22
Hard it is, very hard—Sayers 8/6/19
Hard were the nails and cruel—Williams 2/22/23
Have you no words? ah! think again—Cowper 9/19/21
He died for me: what can I offer Him?—Rossetti 4/27/22
He has come! the Christ of God—Bonar 12/25/16
He has gone away, the Well-Beloved—Messiaen 5/18/19
He is my Altar, I His holy place—Quarles 12/28/17
He might have reared a palace at a word—Trench 9/30/25
He was the Word that spake it—Donne 11/30/16
Heaven overarches earth and sea—Rossetti 4/27/19
Here is the Truth in a little creed—Markham 12/21/20
Here, where our Lord once laid his Head—Crashaw 4/4/21
High o’er the lonely hills black turns to gray—Struther 12/24/16
Hosanna to the King—Watts 11/26/19
Hosanna to the royal Son—Watts 4/5/20
How shall I praise th’ eternal God—Watts 11/26/21
I
I bind my heart, this tide—Watt 3/23/16
I cannot think that God would be content—Harkness 12/8/18
I come in the little things—Underhill 5/10/18
I greet Thy sepulchre, salute Thy grave—Vaughan 4/16/17
I had no God but these—Tabb 6/21/20
I have no wit, no words, no tears—Rossetti 4/27/21
I Heard the voice of Jesus say—Bonar 9/30/21
I know the road to Jericho—Poteat 5/7/18
I know Thee, Saviour, Who Thou art—Wesley 5/24/16
I love, my God, but with no love of mine—Guyon 2/3/24
I need not shout my faith. Thrice eloquent—Towne 5/7/04
I saw a stable, low and very bare—Coleridge 12/24/17
I see the wrong that round me lies—Whittier 4/16/16
I sought Him where my logic led—Hay 8/5/16
I thirst, but not as once I did—Cowper 6/1/25
I thirst, Thou wounded Lamb of God—Zinzendorf 11/15/25
If I lay waste and wither up with doubt—Howells 9/19/04
If it be all for naught, for nothingness—Anonymous 4/16/19
If on our daily course our mind—Keble 7/14/22
If that in sight of God is great—Trench 7/11/22
If there had anywhere appeared in space—Trench 4/15/17
If we with earnest effort could succeed—Trench 2/7/17
Immensity cloistered in thy dear womb, —Donne 12/24/25
Immortal Love, author of this great frame—Herbert 2/27/17
“In pastures green?” Not always; sometimes He—Barry 4/4/17
In the Law the types lay shaded—Adam of Saint Victor 8/7/25
In the pure soul, although it sing or pray—Phelps 12/26/20
Incarnate Word! Thou Word of God alone!—Thérèse of Lisieux 2/5/18
It fortifies my soul to know—Clough 4/30/18
It’s true we cannot reach Christ’s forti’th day—Herbert 2/27/19
J
Jesu, be endless praise to Thee—Zinzendorf 7/5/20
Jesu, priceless treasure—Franck 7/28/24
Jesus, as a mother you gather your people to you—Anselm of Canterbury 4/21/05
Jesus came!—and came for me—Havergal 10/4/24
Jesus invites His saints—Watts 4/18/19
Jesus is God! The solid earth—Faber 6/17/21
Jesus shall reign where’er the sun—Watts 11/26/17
JESUS, the infinite I AM—Wesley 12/26/17
Jesus, thou joy of loving hearts—Bernard of Clairvaux 4/12/22
Jesus! where’er thy people meet—Cowper 7/17/23
Jesus! why dost Thou love me so?—Faber 10/31/17
Joy to the world, the Lord is come!—Watts 12/20/17
Justice and Judgment are thy throne—Watts 9/14/24
K
Kind souls, you wonder why, love you—Patmore 12/2/23
L
Let songs of praises fill the sky!—Cotterill 3/2/17
Let us not mock God with metaphor—Updike 4/17/22
Let us rise in early morning—John of Damascus 8/7/22
“Little one, who straight hast come—MacDonald 12/25/20
Lo, God, our God has come!—Bonar 12/25/19
Long did I toil, and knew no earthly rest—Quarles 6/21/19
Lord, come away—Taylor 5/17/20
Lord, forgive—Schroy 11/10/17
Lord, I am glad for the great gift of living—Towne 11/17/17
Lord, I have shut the door, speak now the word—Runyan 3/1/20
Lord, it belongs not to my care—Baxter 6/14/25
Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy—Struther 11/12/21
Lord of all pots and pans and things, since I’ve no time to be—Hallack 12/26/04
Lord, what a change within us one short hour—Trench 12/27/17
Lord, when the sense of Thy sweet grace—Crashaw 2/2/21
LORD, who hast taught to us on earth—Massie 6/1/20
Love came down at Christmas—Rossetti 12/22/20
Love is strong as death—Rossetti 4/27/16
Love is that liquour sweet and most divine—Herbert 2/27/18
Love’s as hard as nails—Lewis 4/1/21
Loving looks the large-eyed cow—MacDonald 12/21/22
M
Make no mistake: if He rose at all—Updike 4/9/23
Mighty Nothing! unto thee—Crashaw 4/14/22
More things are wrought by prayer—Tennyson 11/17/04
Morning breaks upon the tomb—Collyer 3/26/16
Morning has broken like the first morning—Farjeon 12/26/19
Must I face the stormy river?—Griffiths 9/12/25
My God, how endless is Thy love!—Watts 11/26/16
My God, I love Thee—not because—Anonymous 11/25/19
My shoulders ache beneath my pack—Kilmer 4/13/22
My windows open to the autumn night—Johnson 8/18/19
N
Never was fount so clear, undimm’d and bright—John of the Cross 12/14/18
No mortal object did these eyes behold—Buonarrotti 4/6/24
Now hath my life across a stormy sea—Buonarrotti 4/6/16
O
O Christ, my life, possess me utterly—MacDonald 5/14/18
O Christ, our joy, to Whom is giv’n—Housman 5/15/22
O come, O come, Emmanuel—Anonymous 12/11/25
O drink and bread—Vaughan 11/14/21
O for a closer walk with God—Cowper 2/22/24
O for a heart to praise my God—Wesley 5/24/25
O for a thousand tongues to sing—Wesley 2/7/18
O God, grant that today—Barclay 10/15/06
O God of earth and altar—Chesterton 11/8/16
O Jesus Christ, babe, man, eternal son—MacDonald 12/11/21
O Jesus, King most wonderful!—Bernard of Clairvaux 8/20/19
O little town of Bethlehem—Brooks 12/3/17
O Lord! how happy should we be—Anstice 11/1/18
O Lord our God—Alcuin 3/28/19
O radiant luminary of light interminable—Skelton 8/16/24
O sacred Head, now wounded, with grief and shame weighed down—Bernard of Clairvaux 3/29/24
O the mystery, passing wonder—Andrew of Crete 8/7/21
Once more the Church is seized with sudden fear—Wordsworth 12/31/23
One takes a risk when one invites the Lord—Holloway 12/29/23
Our God, our help in ages past—Watts 11/26/24
Our Saviour Christ was born—Havergal 12/19/22
P
Peace does not mean the end of all our striving—Studdert Kennedy 3/8/05
Prayer, the Church’s banquet, Angel’s age—Herbert 2/27/21
Q
R
Rejoice in God, O ye tongues; give the glory to the Lord, and the Lamb—Smart 9/24/20
Run, shepherds, run where Bethlem blest appears—Drummond 12/15/23
S
Search while thou wilt, and let thy reason go—Browne 8/22/22
Sing, men and angels, sing, for God our Life and King—Masefield 3/26/05
Some wish to live within the sound—Studd 7/14/18
Spirit divine, attend our prayers—Reed 3/21/18
Spring bursts today—Rossetti 4/27/20
Still as of old—Cholmondeley 4/15/19
... stooping very low, He engraves with care—St. John 3/13/20
Such music (as ‘tis said)—Milton 7/28/25
Sun of my soul! Thou Saviour dear—Keble 7/14/25
Sunshine let it be, or frost—Coleridge 6/6/17
T
Teach us, good Lord, to serve Thee as Thou deservest—Ignatius of Loyola 7/31/20
Thanks be to thee—Richard of Chichester 6/16/23
The blessed son of God only—Coverdale 12/8/21
The blood of Jesu’s cross—Williams 4/19/25
The deaf may hear the Saviour’s voice—Keble 7/14/24
The dove descending breaks the air—Eliot 5/28/23
The eve His life of love drew near its end—Thérèse of Lisieux 4/9/20
The fear of Hell, or aiming to be blest—Waller 12/20/18
The God of love my shepherd is—Herbert 2/27/22
The grief was common, common were the cries—Drummond 9/11/21
“The hungry sheep look up, and are not fed.”—Adams 5/19/20
The King of glory sends his Son—Watts 12/23/16
The King of love my Shepherd is—Baker 7/29/21
The Kings of the earth are men of might—Kilmer 8/21/22
The Lord can clear the darkest skies—Watts 8/5/20
The Mother sits by the rough-hewn byre—Flandreau 12/24/23
The prayers I make will then be sweet indeed—Buonarrotti 4/6/22
The shepherds sing; and shall I silent be?—Herbert 12/19/23
The soft light from a stable door—Cox 12/24/19
The trivial round, the common task—Keble 7/14/21
The Work, which his Goodness began—Toplady 1/10/25
The world grows terrible and white—Chesterton 12/22/25
The world is charged with the grandeur of God—Hopkins 7/14/20
Thee, Lord, before the close of day—Ambrose 10/16/18
There are three lessons I would write—Schiller 9/7/17
There is a stream, whose gentle flow—Watts 11/26/18
“There is no God,” the foolish saith—Browning 9/4/22
There’s a wideness in God’s mercy—Faber 1/1/24
They cast their nets in Galilee, just off the hills of brown—Percy 9/28/16
They haled him trembling to the Judgment Seat—Porter 4/22/19
They were all looking for a king—MacDonald 12/23/23
This is my Father’s world, and to my listening ears—Babcock 7/10/25
This is the irrational season—L’Engle 12/23/18
This is the month, and this the happy morn—Milton 12/25/17
This outer world is but the pictured scroll—Noyes 11/20/13
Thou hadst no youth, great God—Faber 2/15/22
Thou hallowed chosen morn of praise—John of Damascus 8/7/23
Thou hast not made, or taught me, Lord, to care—MacDonald 12/25/18
Thou that hast giv’n so much to me—Herbert 2/27/24
Thou wayfaring Jesus, a pilgrim and stranger—Dyke 6/7/21
Thou who art Lord of all the tender pities—Studdert Kennedy 3/8/18
Though Christ a thousand times—Anonymous 12/28/19
Though justice be thy plea, consider this,&mdash—Shakespeare 8/27/23
Thy country, Wilberforce, with just disdain—Cowper 8/25/20
Time is—Dyke 8/3/19
’Tis the day of resurrection!—John of Damascus 8/7/19
To die of love, O martyrdom most blest!—Thérèse of Lisieux 10/1/18
To him that chose us first—Watts 8/1/21
To live of love, it is to dry Thy tears—Thérèse of Lisieux 2/22/09
To live of love, it is to know no fear—Thérèse of Lisieux 10/1/19
To live of love, it is when Jesus sleeps—Thérèse of Lisieux 8/22/19
To live of love, ’tis Mary’s part to share—Thérèse of Lisieux 10/1/20
To live of love, ’tis without stint to give—Thérèse of Lisieux 10/1/21
Tomb, thou shalt not hold Him longer—Brooks 3/31/24
Tongues of fire from heaven descend—Taylor 5/23/21
Tune me, O Lord, into one harmony—Rossetti 4/27/24
Tune Thou my harp—Carmichael 1/18/22
Two went to pray? O rather say—Crashaw 9/21/21
U
Unto you the Child is born—Havergal 12/25/23
V
Vain is the chiming of forgotten bells—Kilmer 1/9/17
W
We rest on Thee, our shield and our defender!—Cherry 8/21/17
We walk by faith, and not by sight—Alford 9/6/25
Welcome! all wonders in one sight!—Crashaw 12/23/17
Well may this body poorer, feebler grow!—MacDonald 5/21/23
What Adam had, and forfeited for all—Herbert 2/27/25
What blessing can I wish you, O my friends—Phelps 12/14/23
What can I give Him—Rossetti 4/27/18
What shall I render to my God, —Watts 11/26/25
What sudden blaze of song—Keble 12/17/23
When came in flesh the Incarnate Word—Anstice 12/16/25
When I consider how my light is spent—Milton 3/15/05
When I survey the wond’rous cross—Watts 11/26/23
When night comes, list thy deeds; make plain the way—Vaughan 10/18/25
When on my day of life the night is falling—Whittier 2/16/19
When the song of the angels is stilled—Thurman 12/20/24
Where shall the world be found, where will the word—Eliot 10/21/22
Who hath not marvelled at the might of Kings—Moreland 12/30/17
Who seeks for heaven alone to save his soul—Dyke 10/23/18
Why does He make our hearts so strangely still—Markham 1/1/16
Why should men love the Church? Why should they love her laws?—Eliot 1/26/16
Why should the children of a king—Watts 1/13/18
With this ambiguous earth—Meynell 8/9/19
With what presumption have we dared to voice—Emans 4/5/19
Would’st thou the life of souls discern?—Keble 7/14/23
X
Y
Ye choirs of New Jerusalem—Fulbert of Chartres 4/12/20
Ye holy angels bright—Baxter 6/14/17
Yea, Truth and Justice then—Milton 12/23/25
Yet, Lord, restore thine image, hear my call—Herbert 2/27/23
You are leaving port under sealed orders and in a troubled period—Marshall 5/11/22
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