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SOLILOQUIES ON TEMPORAL INDIGENCE: SOLILOQUY 6, by            
First Line: Strangers to meek compassion's tender touch
Last Line: Increasing smart, severer for severe!
Subject(s): Compassion; Poverty


STRANGERS to meek compassion's tender touch,
Th' obdurate Many, sullen or severe,
Or silent frown, or surly turn aside,
Or angrily reject the suppliant's prayer
With scoffing insolence, in terms like these:
'Begone with your impertinence, begone;
And trouble us no more. Go, tell your tale
To fools, who credit such dissembling cant:
We're not disposed to have our ears abused
With sham pretences, and unreal tears.'
O poisoned darts, unutterably keen,
Piercing with agony the tortured heart:
O vinegar and gall to festering wounds,
Increasing smart, severer for severe!





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