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His Petition

by Robert Herrick, 1647

If war or want shall make me grow so poor,
As for to beg my bread from door to door;
Lord! let me never act that beggar’s part,
Who hath Thee in his mouth, not in his heart:
He who asks alms in that so sacred Name,
Without due reverence, plays the cheater’s game.

Published in Noble Numbers

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