MAN is God’s image; but a poor man is
Christ’s stamp to boot; both images regard.
God reckons for him, counts the favour His;
Write, “ So much given to God; ” thou shalt be heard.
Let thy alms go before, and keep heaven’s gate
Open for thee; or both may come too late.
FOR since he who hath pity on the poor lendeth unto the Almighty Eewarder, Who observes no Ides but every day for His payments, Charity becomes pious Usury, Christian Liberality the most thriving industry, and what we adventure in a Cockboat may return in a Carrack unto us. He who thus casts his bread upon the water shall surely find it again; for though it falleth to the bottom, it sinks but like the Ax of the Prophet, to arise again unto him.
Sir Thomas Browne
PUT God in your debt. Every stroke shall be repaid. The longer the payment is with- holden, the better for you; for compound interest on compound interest is the rate and usage of this exchequer.
Ralph Waldo Emerson