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The Charitable Way (Poem)

Set not the faults of other folks in view,
But rather mind what thou thyself should'st do;
For twenty errors of thy neighbor known
Will tend but little to reform your own.
A graceful manner and a friendly ease
Will give a "No," and not at all displease;
And an ill-natur'd or ungraceful "Yes,"
When it is giv'n, is taken much amiss.
To give reproof in anger, to be sure.
Whate'er the fault, is not the way to cure;
Would a wise doctor offer, dost thou think,
The sick his potion scalding hot to drink?
Faith, Hope, and Love were question'd what they thought
Of future glory, which religion taught;
Now Faith believ'd it, firmly, to be true;
And Hope expected so to find it too;
Love answer'd, smiling with a conscious glow,
"Believe? Expect?" I know it to be so.

—From The Inquirer

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John Byrom

  • Also known as John Byrom of Kersal or John Byrom of Manchester
  • Born on February 29th, 1692 in Manchester, United Kingdom and died on September 26th, 1763
  • English poet and inventor of shorthand
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