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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1493. Beggars
 
By Ella Higginson
 
 
CHILD with the hungry eyes,
  The pallid mouth and brow,
And the lifted, asking hands,
  I am more starved than thou.
 
I beg not on the street;        5
  But where the sinner stands,
In secret place, I beg
  Of God, with outstretched hands.
 
As thou hast asked of me,
Raising thy downcast head,        10
So have I asked of Him,
  So trembling, have I plead.
 
Take this and go thy way;
  Thy hunger shall soon cease.
Thou prayest but for bread,        15
  And I, alas! for peace.
 

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