To beg alms
he would be ashamed; and, moreover, he works for the benefit of mankind just as does a factory machine.
Thirty thousand crowns in alms
is not given, as you have done for the last six months, out of pure Christian charity; that would be too grand.
If a frost comes we shall not have a hundred thousand men out of work, tramping about the streets in a state of disgusting misery, or whining to their neighbours for alms
, or crowding round the doors of loathsome shelters to try and secure a hunch of bread and a night's unclean lodging.
The inclination to goodness, is imprinted deeply in the nature of man; insomuch, that if it issue not towards men, it will take unto other living creatures; as it is seen in the Turks, a cruel people, who nevertheless are kind to beasts, and give alms
, to dogs and birds; insomuch, as Busbechius reporteth, a Christian boy, in Constantinople, had like to have been stoned, for gagging in a waggishness a long-billed fowl.
A tattered mendicant, who could not collect any coins, lost as he was in the midst of the crowd, and who had not probably found sufficient indemnity in the pockets of his neighbors, had hit upon the idea of perching himself upon some conspicuous point, in order to attract looks and alms
I cannot continue to accept--even such magnificent alms
Whether he admonished people, or simply blessed them, or prayed for the sick, or advised people about their lives, or listened to expressions of gratitude from those he had helped by precepts, or alms
, or healing (as they assured him)--he could not help being pleased at it, and could not be indifferent to the results of his activity and to the influence he exerted.
And the old lady gave the old soldier alms
, and went into the church with Karen.
They had not taken a hundred steps when they saw two rough-looking individuals sitting on a stone begging for alms
Those," he said, "came nearer to the Scripture meaning, who understood by it candour, or the forming of a benevolent opinion of our brethren, and passing a favourable judgment on their actions; a virtue much higher, and more extensive in its nature, than a pitiful distribution of alms
, which, though we would never so much prejudice, or even ruin our families, could never reach many; whereas charity, in the other and truer sense, might be extended to all mankind.
If, however, thou wilt give unto them, give them no more than an alms
, and let them also beg for it
The prisoners bemoaned his loss, and missed him; for though his means were not large, his charity was great, and in bestowing alms
among them he considered the necessities of all alike, and knew no distinction of sect or creed.