Posted by: W. E. Poplaski | April 25, 2009

POEM OF THE DAY: Beggars

by Ella Higginson (1861 – 1940).

 

Beggars (before 1900)

  

Child with the hungry eyes, 

  The pallid mouth and brow, 

And the lifted, asking hands, 

  I am more starved than thou. 

 

I beg not on the street;                              5

  But where the sinner stands, 

In secret place, I beg 

  Of God, with outstretched hands. 

 

As thou hast asked of me, 

Raising thy downcast head,                      10

So have I asked of Him, 

  So trembling, have I plead. 

 

Take this and go thy way; 

  Thy hunger shall soon cease. 

Thou prayest but for bread,                      15

  And I, alas! for peace.

 

Notes:

http://www.acadweb.wwu.edu/CPNWS/higginson/higginsonbio.htm

http://www.novelguide.com/a/discover/aww_02/aww_02_00555.html


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