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Charity's Eye - William Rounseville Alger


Charity's Eye - William Rounseville Alger

One evening Jesus lingered in the marketplace, 
Teaching the people parables of truth and grace, 
When in the square remote a crowd was seen to rise, 
And stop with loathing gestures and abhorring cries. 
The Master and his meek disciples went to see 
What cause for this commotion and disgust could be, 
And found a poor dead dog beside the gutter laid-- 
Revolting sight! at which each face its hate betrayed. 

One held his nose, one shut his eyes, one turned away, 
And all among themselves began to say: 
"Detested creature! he pollutes the earth and air!" 
"His eyes are blear!" "His ears are foul!" "His ribs are bare!" 
"In his torn hide there's not a decent shoestring left, 
No doubt the execrable cur was hung for theft." 
Then Jesus spake, and dropped on him the saving wreath: 
"Even pearls are dark before the whiteness of his teeth." 

The pelting crowd grew silent and ashamed, like one 
Rebuked by sight of wisdom higher than his own; 
And one exclaimed: "No creature so accursed can be 
But some good thing in him a loving eye will see."



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