Treasure Island

Julia Ward Howe

(1819 - 1910 / United States)

Limitations Of Benevolence


'The beggar boy is none of mine,'
The reverend doctor strangely said;
'I do not walk the streets to pour
Chance benedictions on his head.

'And heaven I thank who made me so.
That toying with my own dear child,
I think not on _his_ shivering limbs,
_His_ manners vagabond and wild.'

Good friend, unsay that graceless word!
I am a mother crowned with joy,
And yet I feel a bosom pang
To pass the little starveling boy.

His aching flesh, his fevered eyes
His piteous stomach, craving meat;
His features, nipt of tenderness,
And most, his little frozen feet.

Oft, by my fireside's ruddy glow,
I think, how in some noisome den,
Bred up with curses and with blows,
He lives unblest of gods or men.

I cannot snatch him from his fate,
The tribute of my doubting mind
Drops, torch-like, in the abyss of ill,
That skirts the ways of humankind.

But, as my heart's desire would leap
To help him, recognized of none,
I thank the God who left him this,
For many a precious right foregone.

My mother, whom I scarcely knew,
Bequeathed this bond of love to me;
The heart parental thrills for all
The children of humanity.

Submitted: Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?



Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Limitations Of Benevolence by Julia Ward Howe )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. A Vacant Room, Justin Reamer
  2. Notes on Romance, Justin Reamer
  3. Vacancy, Justin Reamer
  4. Madness, Syed Peerzada Aurangzeb
  5. Languidness, Justin Reamer
  6. Knowledge, Justin Reamer
  7. The Truth, Tony Adah
  8. National feeling, Asit Kumar Sanyal
  9. Key to my Dreams, Saturday Chikezie Promise
  10. Just want to tell you, Saturday Chikezie Promise

Poem of the Day

poet Paul Laurence Dunbar

The mist has left the greening plain,
The dew-drops shine like fairy rain,
The coquette rose awakes again
Her lovely self adorning.

The Wind is hiding in the trees,
...... Read complete »

   

Trending Poems

  1. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  2. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  3. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  4. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  5. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  6. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  7. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  8. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  9. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  10. A Poison Tree, William Blake

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]