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First Line: What matters the pangs of a husband and a father
Last Line: As the saint keeps her charity back for 'the ball!'
Alternate Author Name(s): Byron, Lord; Byron, 6th Baron
Subject(s): Charity; Philanthropy


WHAT matter the pangs of a husband and father,
If his sorrows in exile be great or be small,
So the Pharisee's glories around her she gather,
And the saint patronizes her 'Charity Ball.'

What matters -- a heart which, though faulty was feeling,
Be driven to excesses which once could appal --
That the sinner should suffer is only fair dealing,
As the saint keeps her charity back for 'the Ball!'





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