Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, CHARITY, IN DESPAIR OF JUSTICE, by ELIZABETH OAKES PRINCE SMITH



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CHARITY, IN DESPAIR OF JUSTICE, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Out-wearied with the littleness and spite
Last Line: All known to god, -- and ask of men, sweet charity.
Alternate Author Name(s): Smith, Seba (e. Oakes), Mrs.; Oakes-smith, Elizabeth
Subject(s): Charity; Philanthropy


OUT-WEARIED with the littleness and spite,
The falsehood and the treachery of men,
I cried, give me but justice, thinking then
I meekly craved a common boon which might
Most easily be granted; soon the light
Of deeper truth grew on my wondering ken,
(Escaped baneful damps of stagnant fen,)
And then I saw, that in my pride bedight
I claim'd from erring man the gift of Heaven --
God's own great vested right; and I grew calm,
With folded hands like stone to patience given,
And pityings of pure love-distilling balm; --
And now I wait in quiet trust to be
All known to God, -- and ask of men, sweet Charity.





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