Friday, June 21, 2002

Love Begs

If thou wouldst learn, not knowing how to pray,
Add but a faith, and say as beggars say:
"Master, I'm poor, and blind, in great distress,
Hungry, and lame, and cold, and comfortless;
Oh succour him that's gravell'd on the shelf
Of pain, and want, and cannot help himself;
Cast down thine eye upon a wretch, and take
Some pity on me, for sweet Jesus' sake";
But hold! take heed this clause be not put in,
"I never begged before, nor will again."
- Francis Quarles

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