THE soldier armed with sword and gun
Palsied strikes the summer’s sun;
When gold and gems adorn the plough.
To peaceful arts shall envy bow;
The beggar’s rags fluttering in air
Do to rags the heavens tear.
CHARITY rendereth a man truly great, enlarging his mind into a vast circumference, and to a capacity nearly infinite; so that it, by a general care, doth reach all things, by an universal affection doth embrace and grace the world. . . . Even a spark of it in generosity of dealing breedeth admiration; a glimpse of it in formal courtesy of behaviour procureth much esteem, being deemed lo accomplish and adorn a man.
COMFORT the poor, protect and shelter the weak, and with all thy might right that which is wrong. Then shall the Lord love thee, inul God Himself shall be thy great reward.
Alfred the Great’s Last Words
THE nobler a soul is, the more objects of compassion it hath.